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Progress Made

Democrats made progress in both legislative chambers, including our candidates for the state House.



For years, Texas’s Republican state government has been among the most aggressive in violating the Voting Rights Act. The Lone Star State is still red, but critical flips in the state House prove that Texas is trending blue. With these wins, Texas moves closer to gaining the progressive majorities that are critical for ending voter suppression and flipping the entire state in 2020.

The Landscape

Both chambers of the Texas state legislature remain under Republican control. Democrats flipped 12 seats in the state House and two seats in the state Senate in the 2018 midterms.

TX House of Representatives

Made progress in 2018 150 seats up for election in 2020

Majority 67 D 83 R
67 Democratic seats - 12 flipped in 2018 83 Republican seats - 0 flipped in 2018
TX State Senate

Made progress in 2018 16 seats up for election in 2002

Majority 12 D 19 R
12 Democratic seats - 2 flipped in 2018 19 Republican seats - 1 flipped in 2018
TX Governor - Greg Abbott (R)

Incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott defeated Democrat Lupe Valdez to remain governor of Texas.

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The Stakes


Young Texans' votes suppressed

Texas' Secretary of State has failed to enforce a state law that would register hundreds of thousands of eligible voters in high schools.


Growth in population from communities of ethnic minorities

Texas Republicans have used discriminatory voter ID laws since 2011 to suppress the votes of its fast-growing communities of color—cheating them out of true representation in government.


Texans poised to receive health insurance

Texas has the highest number of uninsured residents in the country. If the state expands Medicaid coverage—a choice supported by a majority of Texans—over a million people stand to receive healthcare coverage.

Meet the candidates