The most closely watched battle in Texas state-level politics is the effort by Democrats to flip the Texas House to blue this November. If Democrats can hold the 12 seats they gained in 2018 and take nine more, they will control the Texas House for the first time in more than two decades. The upcoming redistricting process, set to happen in 2021, redraws the legislative maps for both state and federal legislatures and makes this election even more consequential.
Mari De Leon
House of Representatives (R)
$299Cash on Hand
Associated Republicans of Texas‘ (ART) sole mission is to elect Republicans to office in the state of Texas. Tracing its roots back to a meeting in the mid-1970s, ART boasts to having played a pivotal role in turning the state from deep blue to deep red. Legislative outcomes are less of a priority for ART than simply securing as large a majority as possible for Republicans.
Rather than examining voting records or how “conservative” a legislator might be, ART simply works to ensure Republicans hold as many offices at the state level as possible. Since the early 2000’s, ART has definitively sided with the more establishment wing of the Republican Party, preferring legislators who focus on the budget rather than what some might consider “hot button” political issues.