Democratic group is targeting Texas State House races, trying to capitalize on Republican feuds

The national Democratic super PAC Forward Majority plans to spend more than $2 million on Texas State House races this year, the group’s officials told NBC News, as they seek to take advantage of the Republican infighting for the Republican lead. to reduce the size of the party in Parliament.

The group said ongoing feuds in the state — with leading Texas Republicans and former President Donald Trump campaigning against the party’s incumbent lawmakers who voted to oust state Attorney General Ken Paxton or against Gov. Greg Abbott’s school voucher program — pushing the Republican Party candidates into the elections. right and creating an opening for the Democrats in the traditionally red state.

Forward Majority initially plans to spend money on ads, mailers and other voter registration and outreach efforts in three to five State House districts ahead of the November election. They are considering 10 counties in Texas, mostly in suburban areas, for the investment.

One such area is State House District 121 near San Antonio, where Republican challenger Marc LaHood ousted State Rep. Steve Allison during the March primary. Allison had voted for Paxton and against the school voucher program. Laurel Jordan Swift, a medical representative who promises to better fund public schools, won the Democratic nomination.

“That district is moving up the list of places people are interested in because Republicans made the choice to get rid of a very popular incumbent who I think was in touch with the voters he served,” said Jeff Rotkoff, state director of Forward Majority in Texas.

Eight Republican incumbents face runoff primaries on Tuesday, including House Speaker Dade Phelan, who oversaw Paxton’s impeachment. In Texas, if no candidate crosses the 50% threshold in a primary, the top two votes advance to a runoff election.

Texas Republicans currently hold a 22-seat majority in the state House. The party also controls the Senate and the governorship.

Forward Majority co-CEO David Cohen and Rotkoff said they expect the initial $2 million in spending to be followed by future investments. In 2020, the group spent $12 million on Texas House races.

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