Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke is predicting that Biden will win the state come November.
The last time a Democratic presidential candidate won the state was in 1976. But O’Rourke believes that this year Biden will win owing to Trump’s bungled response to the coronavirus pandemic that has led Texas to become a virus hotspot.
“Texas is not a red state, nor is it a blue state. It is a non-voting state. It had ranked, until 2018, 50th in voter turnout. Not because we love democracy less. But it is the result of decades of voter suppression, focused on black voters and brown voters in this state,” O’Rourke said. “What’s changed since 2018 is that this is a Presidential cycle which favors Democratic voter turnout. Two, you have the absolute train wreck of the Trump presidency which has killed 162,000 of our fellow Americans, almost 8,900 of our fellow Texans, he’s put in kids in cages….a Democratic nominee like Joe Biden who is focused on bringing this deeply divided country together again. He will become the first Democratic nominee since 1976 to collect the 38 electoral votes in this state.”