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ANALYSIS: Massive Conservative Win In Texas Has Democrats Worried

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Mary Rooke Staff Writer
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The Democratic Party seems to be scared of its chances in the 2022 midterms after Republicans voted overwhelmingly to end leftist policies like Critical Race Theory, open borders and vaccine mandates in the Texas primary election on March 1.

The election results showed Republican voters, who still hold the majority in Texas, voted for conservative ideologies despite the narrative that Democrats, like two-time failed Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke, are turning Texas blue.

“We’re going to make sure that everyone understands that this state is big enough for all of us. That the government truly reflects the genius and diversity of the people of this state. That we don’t have to be afraid of each other or pitted against each other or further polarize an already divided state,” O’Rourke told supporters, signifying he will lean into the culture wars.

O’Rourke is currently trying to unseat Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, making this O’Rourke’s third attempt at running for office.

However, a long-time Republican strategist in Texas said the idea that Democrats are making considerable waves in Texas elections is ludicrous. “On a statewide level, Democrats are still dead in the water,” said Corbin Casteel, according to the Hill. “For a party that hasn’t elected anyone statewide since 1994, no, I haven’t seen any gains.” (RELATED: Poll: Biden Approval Near Record Low Amid Economic Frustration)

Democrats are in serious jeopardy nationwide as inflation and gas prices continue to strain middle-class America, according to Feb. polling from ABC News and the Washington Post, which surveyed a random national sample of 1,011 adults.

Fifty percent of Americans surveyed said they would rather Republicans gain control of the U.S. Congress to act as a check on President Biden than keep Democrats in power to support Biden’s agenda. Also, only 14% of those polled would vote for a Biden endorsed candidate running for Congress.

So far, 31 U.S. House Democrats have announced they will not seek reelection in the fall. Democratic Florida Rep. Ted Deutch is the latest, announcing Feb. 28 that he is leaving Congress to take on a job in a senior leadership position with the American Jewish Committee.

“Ted Deutch knows House Democrats’ majority is doomed, so he made the smart decision to forgo reelection,” NRCC Spokesman Mike Berg said in a statement(RELATED: Rep. Ted Deutch Becomes The 31st Democrat To Announce His Retirement Ahead Of 2022 Midterms)

The millions of votes denouncing progressive principals worried the Texas Democratic Party, who noted how successful Abbott was after crafting his message to target conservative voters in order to survive his highly vocal Republican primary.

“We noticed that [Abbott] had to really go to the right to be able to get out of his primary,” Texas Democratic Party Co-Executive Director Jamarr Brown told the Texas Standard. He said the Democrats have to do a better job on their messaging to “divided” Texas voters. “We’re going to be advertising every day to Texans to talk about the issues that matter,” Brown added.

Texas Republicans were asked to answer “yes or no” on ten propositions that the state GOP called “an opinion poll of Republican voters.”

Among the results, over 1.7 million Republican voters answered yes to whether Texas should use state law enforcement to seal the southern border and enforce immigration laws, including deporting illegal aliens.

A similar number of voters voted “yes” to a proposition that would reject Critical Race Theory and other ideologies that promote Marxist doctrine and encourage race-based exceptionalism from being taught in Texas Schools. Over 1.6 million “yes” votes were cast by Republicans in favor of school choice, which would allow public funding to follow the student should parents want to pull their children from failing public schools.

On the issue of vaccine mandates, Texas Republicans left little to misinterpret, with 1,678,504 Republicans voting that Texans should not lose their job or be penalized at school for not being vaccinated from Covid-19.

Texas Republican Initiative Chairman Mark McCaig believes the results of the Republican primary are a sign for Abbott to continue his push for conservative policies statewide.

“I think when you look at the results from the Republican primary, there was a huge stamp of approval for the work that Gov. Abbott and other legislative leaders have done over the last several years,” McCaig told the Texas Standard. “And I think Texas voters want to continue the positive momentum that we’ve seen under that conservative leadership.”

A new Texas Republican state Rep. Ryan Guillen said he switched parties in 2021, after almost ten years serving Texas House District 31 as a Democrat, because his values “align better” with the Republican Party.

“The ideology of defunding the police, of destroying the oil and gas industry, and the chaos at our border is disastrous for those of us who live here in South Texas,” Guillen said at a Nov. 2021 press conference joined by Abbott and Republican Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan.

“Something is happening in South Texas, and many of us are waking up to the fact that the values of those in Washington D.C. are not our values, not the values of most Texans,” said Guillen. He won his border district primary with almost 52 % of the Republican vote.