'If We Flip Texas, We Flip the Country': AOC Campaigns for Texas Democratic Candidates in the 2022 Midterms

‘If We Flip Texas, We Flip the Country’: AOC Campaigns for Texas Democratic Candidates in the 2022 Midterms

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez began campaigning in Texas this weekend, where she told the crowd that the Lone Star State was “inevitable” while backing two Democratic candidates there.

“Texas is turning blue. Inevitable. Inevitable! This will happen. The only question is when,” a spokesman for the New York Progressive Party said on Saturday.

“We will fight for a living wage. We’ll make sure to unionize this state,” she continued, saying their support for Medicare for All, unionization and reproductive liberties contributes to her support.

Ocasio Cortez, 32, said she believes if the crimson state of Texas can turn over, then the entire country will follow. Texas is the most populous red state, with 38 Electoral College votes and 36 representatives in the US House of Representatives.

There are currently 23 Republicans and 13 Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was in Texas on Saturday to support two Democratic candidates in their races for the House of Representatives.  She said that if Democrats can turn the Lone Star state blue, then the rest of the country will follow.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was in Texas on Saturday to support two Democratic candidates in their races for the House of Representatives. She said that if Democrats can turn the Lone Star state blue, then the rest of the country will follow.

She was in Texas on Saturday, campaigning for Democratic congressional candidates Jessica Cisneros (left) and Greg Casar (right).

She was in Texas on Saturday, campaigning for Democratic congressional candidates Jessica Cisneros (left) and Greg Casar (right).

AOC poses with support during a Get Out the Vote rally on Saturday in San Antonio, Texas.

AOC poses with support during a Get Out the Vote rally on Saturday in San Antonio, Texas.

Right-wing protesters came to the AOC rally on Saturday, February 12, 2022.

Right-wing protesters came to the AOC rally on Saturday, February 12, 2022.

Some Texas cities have been getting more and more blue lately, especially areas like Austin where young people are moving in droves from out of state.

But Republicans insist that Hispanic voters’ recent embrace of Republican ideals could help keep the state in the red.

Ocasio-Cortez was in San Antonio on Saturday supporting the campaigns of Jessica Cisneros and Greg Casar, saying “Here’s what’s interesting about Jessica’s race and Greg’s race is we’re turning Texas, we’re turning the country.”

Her support, however, is in districts already held by Democratic candidates – meaning that rather than swapping seats, she hopes to keep them in order to keep her party’s slim majority in the House of Representatives.

Cisneros is looking to unseat Democratic incumbent Henry Cuellar in Texas’s 28th congressional district, meaning his potential victory there will not result in any change in the delegation’s composition.

Casar is running for Texas’s 35th district, which is currently held by outgoing Democratic Representative Lloyd Doggett.

In 2019, Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz said during a breakfast in the Christian Science Monitor that the party could not afford to cede Texas to the Democrats.

“If we lose Texas, the game is over. I don’t believe that Texas will go blue, but the bottom line is that we’ll have to work to communicate and kick people out.”

'If We Flip Texas, We Flip the Country': AOC Campaigns for Texas Democratic Candidates in the 2022 Midterms

“That’s what’s interesting about Jessica’s race and Greg’s race is we’re turning Texas, we’re turning the country,” Ocasio-Cortez said at Saturday’s rally.

Casar is running for Texas's 35th congressional district, which is currently held by outgoing Democratic Representative Lloyd Doggett.

Casar is running for Texas’s 35th congressional district, which is currently held by outgoing Democratic Representative Lloyd Doggett.

Cisneros wants to remove Democratic incumbent Henry Cuellar in Texas' 28th congressional district.

Cisneros wants to remove Democratic incumbent Henry Cuellar in Texas’ 28th congressional district.

If both candidates win, they won't see a change in the Texas congressional delegation given that their districts are already blue.  But Democrats need to hold on to every seat to make sure their extremely thin majority isn't lost in the 2022 midterms.

If both candidates win, they won’t see a change in the Texas congressional delegation given that their districts are already blue. But Democrats need to hold on to every seat to make sure their extremely thin majority isn’t lost in the 2022 midterms.

In the 2020 election, Texas voted 52.1% for Donald Trump’s re-election and 46.5% for Biden to take his place. In 2016, Texas supported Trump by 52.2%, showing virtually no difference in support in four years.

In promoting unionization in Texas, the AOC was successful, saying, “We’re going to make sure not a single cent is exploitatively earned from any worker, especially the undocumented.”

Migration has been at the center of US policy for the past few years and has particularly affected Texans as the southern border is flooded with illegal immigrants and asylum seekers.

Ocasio-Cortez has a mixed record when it comes to approval, and usually favors a more progressive candidate to help the Democratic Party move further to the left.

Texas has lost its strong penchant for red in recent years, but shows little sign of turning blue anytime soon.  In the 2020 election, Texas voted 52.1% for Donald Trump's re-election, and in 2016 voted for Trump 52.2%, showing virtually no difference in support in four years.

Texas has lost its strong penchant for red in recent years, but shows little sign of turning blue anytime soon. In the 2020 election, Texas voted 52.1% for Donald Trump’s re-election, and in 2016 voted for Trump 52.2%, showing virtually no difference in support in four years.

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