Texas Republicans warn Trump could lose Texas in 2020

Texas Republicans warn Trump could lose Texas in 2020
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Republican leaders in Texas are reportedly cautioning that President TrumpDonald John TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report MORE could lose the reliably red state during his reelection bid in 2020 if he does not devote adequate attention and resources there.

Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey has reportedly conveyed such warnings to the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee (RNC), GOP activists and donors in the state, The Washington Examiner reported Tuesday.

Separately, according to the outlet, Sen. John CornynJohn Cornyn Embattled senators fill coffers ahead of 2020 Trump struggles to reshape Fed Congress opens door to fraught immigration talks MORE (R-Texas) has discussed concerns about Trump losing Texas in 2020 with newly minted RNC co-chairman Tommy Hicks. The Examiner reported that Cornyn is making moves to secure fundraising and motivate grass-roots movements to support Republicans.

“We are talking to everyone,” Dickey told the Examiner this month. “The challenges we face in Texas are very real.”


The Hill has reached out to the Texas GOP and Cornyn’s office for comment.

Chris Homan, a GOP operative in Texas, said he’s concerned that Democrats will be more energized and organized during the next presidential cycle.

“Because of what happened organically on the Democrat side, Republicans in Texas have a large organizational gap that exists. In 2018, we simply did not have the kind of people and activists at the scale the Democrats enjoyed. This is a significant advantage the Democrats have going into this cycle,” Homan said.

Cornyn has previously warned that his home state is no longer “reliably red” and on the verge of becoming a swing state in 2020.

“Texas is no longer, I believe, a reliably red state,” Cornyn said on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show in November. “We are on the precipice of turning purple, and we’ve got a lot of work to do to keep it red, because we lost, we got blown out in the urban areas. We got beat in the suburbs, which used to be our traditional strongholds.”

The reported concern in the Lone Star State comes months after former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D) narrowly lost his Senate bid to unseat Republican incumbent Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke sweeps through Virginia looking to energize campaign Disney to donate million to rebuild Notre Dame Celebs start opening their wallets for 2020 Dems MORE, raising more than $80 million in his race.

The Examiner noted that two Republican stronghold districts in Texas also flipped to Democrats during the 2018 midterms.

Texas controls 38 votes in the electoral college, meaning Trump would likely struggle to reach the 270 votes needed to secure his second term in office if the state flipped to Democrats. Democrats have not won Texas in a presidential contest since 1976.

O’Rourke's campaign drew national attention and sparked widespread calls for him to challenge Trump in 2020. The former congressman has reportedly not ruled out a bid for the White House.

If he decides to run, he would face a crowded field of high-profile Democrats who have already announced their candidacies, including Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenOvernight Defense: Reports detail effect of transgender military ban | Watchdog auditing 8 billion submarine program | Warren questions top general on climate change Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms Warren praises Ocasio-Cortez in Time 100 MORE (D-Mass.), Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEx-Obama campaign manager: Sanders can't beat Trump Pollster says Trump's approval rating in 2020 will be impacted by Dem nominee 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall MORE (D-Calif.) and Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandOvernight Energy: Gillibrand offers bill to ban pesticide from school lunches | Interior secretary met tribal lawyer tied to Zinke casino dispute | Critics say EPA rule could reintroduce asbestos use Trump says he'd like to run against Buttigieg Gillibrand introduces bill to ban harmful pesticide from school lunch MORE (D-N.Y.).

According to a poll released last week from a left-leaning outlet, Trump lags behind Democrats who have already announced 2020 bids.