Republicans launch $25 million voter registration effort to keep Texas red

US President Donald Trump (R) speaks watched by Senator John Cornyn, R-TX, during a meeting with bipartisan members of Congress on school and community safety in the Cabinet Room of the White House on February 28, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

John Cornyn and Donald Trump

Republicans are nervous about Texas in 2020. How nervous? $25 million in voter registration drives’ worth of nervous.

A new 501(c)4 political group named Engage Texas is trying to register a million new Republican-leaning voters in the state by the 2020 elections, in an attempt to avoid a repeat or expansion of the House and down-ballot losses of 2018. ““Everybody thinks it was a Cruz-Beto thing. But it’s a mess,” a Republican told the Washington Examiner. “Independents are behaving like Democrats—like they did in 2018.”

Texas remains a major stretch for Democrats, but it sure would be nice to keep Republicans freaked-out and focusing on the state to the detriment of their efforts in other states. If only there was a really strong candidate with a national platform and a huge fundraising list challenging Sen. John Cornyn this cycle …

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