22 GOP U.S. Senators are up for reelection in 2020. This gives a tremendous advantage to Democrats who only have to defend 12 Senate seats, especially given the concerns a lot of Americans have about the Trump presidency in battleground states. Below is a Handy List of the 22 GOP Senators up for reelection in 2020
As it currently stands the U.S. Senate comprises 52 Republicans and 46 Democrats with 2 Independents who caucus with Democrats, so technically 52-48. To take over the U.S. Senate in 2020, Democrats will need a net gain of 3 Senate seats–a very achievable goal.
Of the 12 Senate Democrats up for reelection, Doug Jones of Alabama is the most vulnerable. The other 11 are in states that typically lean Democratic.
On the Republican side the most vulnerable Senators are Susan Collins(ME), Cory Gardner(CO) and Martha McSally(AZ) plus there are two open seats in Kansas and Tennessee where the incumbent Republicans have chosen not to run in 2020.
It’s also worth pointing out that even though Texas has traditionally voted Republican in Presidential cycles, the recent cliffhanger between Beto O’Rouke and Republican senator Ted Cruz means incumbent Senator John Cornyn’s seat is not a sure bet for Republicans in 2020. This means Dems have a very good shot at flipping 4-5 GOP senate seats in 2020
Bottom line, 2020 presents Democrats with a great opportunity to recapture the U.S. Senate. Dems however must not be complacent but instead contest every U.S. Senate seat to get as close as possible to the magic 60 number.
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New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau and reported by the Dallas Morning News suggests that by 2022, Hispanic population will outnumber the White population in Texas. The results also show a sharp increase in Asian population in Texas. Democrats have traditionally done well with Hispanic and Asian voters nationwide and also in Texas. The Republican party on the other hand, both nationally and in Texas, is increasingly becoming an older White party and this is even more so in the “culture wars” age of Trump. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out, based on the newly released Texas population data that unless the GOP changes tack and becomes a more inclusive party, they are culture-warring into extinction.
Yours Truly has repeatedly cast doubt on this blindly held belief that Texas is a “Ruby Red State”(solidly Republican) and these census results only add to the skepticism.
There are many factors that can be attributed to the dominance by Republicans in Texas state politics, none of which is the popularity of GOP policies. Gerrymandering, voter suppression, voter apathy, no-contest mentality by Democrats, etc are all factors that have led to GOP dominance in Texas state affairs. However there are encouraging signs especially by the Beto O’Rourke Senatorial campaign that Dems have finally figured it out and are beginning to challenge all corners of the Lone Star State and shunning the Mainstream Media’s “Texas-is-a-Red-state” myth. A strong pro-immigrant, pro-social safety nets message by Dems will stand in stark contrast to Texas GOP’s xenophobic and anti-poor people messages.
These encouraging new census results should therefore provide more impetus for Texas Dems to make further inroads into the burgeoning Hispanic and Asian communities in Texas. Bottom line as we head towards 2022, Dems must ramp up their #FlipItBlueTexas campaign
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