Thread: This will be an ongoing thread covering 2020 House of Representatives and State Rep Election thread:

Last night, the GOP scored a landslide win in a special Texas House election that the Democrats predicted would swing to them and be a bellwether.

"In special Texas House election, Democrats bit off more than they could chew
Texas Democrats raised the stakes in their effort to flip a Republican House seat to their side in Fort Bend County. It was a long-shot, promoted as a promising opportunity. And they lost, big."

texastribune.org/2020/01/29/sp

Final results for Texas special:

Republican Gary Gates 58%

Democrat Eliz Markowitz 42%

Democrats are obsessed with the idea of turning Texas blue.

This destroys those hopes.

Numbers for previous recent elections for this district:

Trump, 2016 +10

Cruz, 2018 +3

Abbott +15

And this was an off year special without Trump on the ballot.

More on the Texas special

twitter.com/RRHElections/statu

This was yet another stunning failure for Beto O'Rourke, who followed his senate failure with a ludicrous failed presidential campaign.

This was his chance to become an activist for the Left and turn Texas blue.

He was the face of the campaign.

Now he has three failed political 'careers' in 15 months.

Perhaps a record

On topic for Texas - off-topic as it has to do with state polls, but the Texas special reflects this:

Texas match-ups for the White House.

twitter.com/Politics_Polls/sta

TEXAS

Trump 54% (+14)

Biden 40%
.
Trump 55% (+15)

Sanders 40%
.
Trump 56% (+18)

Warren 38%
.
Trump 56% (+20)

Buttigieg 36%

This poll may exaggerate, but even half of those leads would mean a landslide against every Democrat

Another GOP victory last night in a Georgia special election:

GOP won Georgia HD 171

GOP (two candidates) 66.7%
Dem 33.4%

Safe GOP seat - but a solid gain for the GOP over the last election - 59.2 in 2012

Winner is Joe Campbell

walb.com/2020/01/29/votes-are-

The sheer lunacy of the Left: this puff piece was written to promote O'Rourke's new 'venture'.

Before the Texas special GOP landslide, of course.

"He May Not Be a Candidate, but Beto O’Rourke is Rebuilding His Texas Organizing Machine for 2020

O’Rourke’s 2018 Senate campaign was fueled by an organizing network of 20,000 volunteers. Can he harness that energy again without being on the ticket?"

The media worship of O'Rourke never stops.

They are determined to make him succeed.

But it's like training a dog to dance a waltz on two legs. He just keeps falling down.

texasobserver.org/beto-orourke

More of the ongoing thread covering 2020 House of Representatives and State Rep Election thread:

Excellent news for the GOP as ratings for 10 House of Representatives seats have changed inf favor of the Republicans on the leftist centerforpolitics site:

Mario Diaz-Balart (R, FL-25)
Likely Republican to Safe Republican

Brian Mast (R, FL-18) Likely to Safe Republican

Mike Bost (R, IL-12) Likely to Safe Republican

Tim Walberg (R, MI-7) Likely to Safe Republican

More ratings changes that benefit the GOP:

Pete Stauber (R, MN-8) Likely to Safe Republican

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (D, TX-7) from Likely Lean Democratic, thanks to a strong candidate in Wesley Hunt (R) and the GOP victories in Texas recently.

WI-7 Special (Duffy, R) Likely to Safe Republican

Brian Fitzpatrick (R, PA-1) Tossup to Leans Republican

Dave Joyce (R, OH-14) Likely to safe Republican

Mike Kelly (R, PA-16) Likely to Safe Republican

This is all from left-wing Larry Sabato, who became known for his prediction of a Hillary landslide in 2016.

Almost all of his projections reflect a strong leftist bias and he underplays GOP strengths.

So it is always possible that the GOP's prospects are even better than he is saying here.

centerforpolitics.org/crystalb

For the first time, Sabato grudgingly and bitterly notes that there is a path for the GOP to take back the House.

Ongoing thread covering 2020 House of Representatives and State Rep Election thread:

Another GOP victory yesterday. Republicans have flipped a state house seat in Kentucky that had been held by Democrats for thirty years.

Richard White defeated Dem challenger Bill Redwine in a solid victory.

Richard White 4,750

Bill Redwine 3,731.

@timr
Meanwhile in Boston, I see Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders supporters who don't have a clue on what is going on in other states. They are in for a nasty surprise.

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