Democrats swung a big win in deep red state of Alabama this week and many took to Twitter to voice their hopes of a blue Texas in the 2018 mid-term elections.
After Democrat Doug Jones came out ahead in the tight U.S. Senate race in Alabama against Republican Roy Moore, many one Twitter used the hashtag #ThankyouAlabama.
One user tweeted, “If Alabama can go blue, so can Texas. #ThankYouAlabama.”
The Democrats are bringing a surge of energy to the upcoming mid-term elections. For the first time in 25 years, Democrats will run in all 36 congressional districts, according to the Texas Democratic Party.
The party hopes to take over four Texas congressional districts: 7, 23, 21, and 32.
District 23, the largest district in South Texas, is at the top of the list for the Democrats and they hope to claim it in 2018.
Republican Representative Will Hurd currently holds that seat.
Senator Ted Cruz is also up for re-election and Democrats are sending a clear message.
Julian Castro, former secretary of housing and urban development under President Obama, tweeted, “Be afraid, Ted Cruz. Be very afraid.”
Political Analyst Richard Gambitta predicts that Ted Cruz will stay in office unless he's tainted by a controversial issue or allegation. He believes Roy Moore’s controversial remarks and sexual misconduct allegations cost Republicans Alabama.
However, Tariq Thowfeek, the Texas Democratic Party communications director, says that the issues run deeper than the allegations. He says that the people are starting to worry about their health care, they want good public schools, and their mindset simply doesn't align with President Trump’s Agenda.
Gambitta predicts a major breakthrough for the Democrats in 2018 or 2020 as the demographics shift. He says more African Americans are showing up to the polls, more women are turning out to vote, and the Latino population is growing, all good signs for the Democrats.
But he says that Democrats will have to get voters to the polls.
As the demographics shift, Republicans say that they’re prepared.
Jamie Bennett, press secretary for the Republican Party of Texas, says that they brought on Regional Field Director Rommel Lopez for the race for Congressional District 23.
He says he’s fluent in Spanish and will be working with Republicans to turn out the Republican vote.
Bennett says the Republican Party has a host of great candidates running in the Texas election and admits that Roy Moore was a flawed candidate. He says that the circumstances in Alabama cannot be compared to elections in Texas.
The mid-term election will be held on November 6, 2018.