Texas was always key to Democrats’ 2020 congressional ambitions. Less than three months from Election Day, their confidence is growing.

There are as many as nine congressional races in Texas that have the attention of at least one of the national parties. James Lawler Duggan/REUTERS

Over a year ago, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee opened an office in Austin, convinced that Texas would be central to building on the party's House majority in 2020.

Democrats think it turned out to be a pretty good bet.

With less than 100 days until the November election, they are increasingly optimistic about most of their pickup opportunities in Texas, where the DCCC is targeting seven seats. They have named five candidates across those races to their Red to Blue program for strong challengers, and they are even exploring additional pickup possibilities, recently polling in at least two districts that are not on their current target list.