The results of the 2018 election pointed to a Texas that remains Republican red in elections — but not as red as political folks have come to expect. And those, in turn, raise questions about 2020 and whether Texas will revert to form or take a political turn. We are also starting a census year, meaning the next Legislature — the one we elect in November — will draw political maps that could determine what happens in the next decade of state elections. Here are some columns from the year exploring that political landscape:
Sorted by congressional district, the 2018 general election results illustrate which members of the Texas delegation will be on Democratic and Republican target lists leading into the 2020 election cycle.
One-fifth of the incumbents in the Texas House serve in districts where less than 10 percentage points separated average Democrats from average Republicans in statewide races. That's more than enough contested turf to put control within reach of either party.
The top races are more exciting and will get more attention, but the Texas trophy in the 2020 election will go to the party that wins control of the state's House of Representatives.