Sen. John Cornyn is raising the specter of a Democratic-leaning “blue” Texas as he seeks re-election in the nation’s biggest Republican state.
“Texas is now a blue state,” according to a fictitious television news report that kicks off a Cornyn campaign ad. Democrats leading Texas imposed higher taxes and environmental regulations detrimental to businesses, according to another imaginary report.
The spot segues to Cornyn saying to camera that “President Obama and his liberal allies want to turn Texas blue,” leading to“”higher taxes, higher unemployment and a government drowning in debt.”
“As your senator, and a proud Texan, I’ll continue to take the fight to President Obama to keep Texas strong and on the path to prosperity and freedom,” says Cornyn, the No. 2 Republican in the Senate.
The spot then directs viewers to aEeb-site, keepitred.com, referring to the color that political analysts often ascribe to Republican areas. It asks viewers to pledge to stop “”Battleground Texas,” a Democratic group that’s trying to identify, register and turn out voters, including Hispanics who are shifting the state’s demographics. Read Bloomberg’s Michael Tackett for more about Battleground Texas.
Republicans still dominate Texas politics, having carried the state in each of the past nine presidential elections dating to 1980. Republicans have also won nine straight Senate elections in Texas, most recently Sen. Ted Cruz’s 56 to 41 percent win in 2012. Cornyn was re-elected in 2008 with 55 percent of the vote and is a “solid” favorite to win a third term next year, according to the nonpartisan Cook Political Report.
The Texas primary March 4 will be the earliest in the nation.