Could Ocasio-Cortez actually pull this off?
Addressing a crowd in Texas on Saturday, Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said it was inevitable for the lone star state to turn blue.
Ocasio-Cortez made those remarks on a campaign stop where she endorsed two Democratic candidates for the Congressional Primaries taking place next month.
According to MySanAntonio.com, Ocasio-Cortez said she backed Greg Casar and Jessica Cisneros because they supported Medicare for all, reproductive freedom, and unions.
Cisneros is attempting to unseat Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar of the 28th Congressional district, whereas Casar is running for Texas House District 35.
Despite her mixed results endorsing candidates, AOC made the headline-grabbing claim that “Texas turning blue is inevitable. The only question is when.” She said that what is “exciting about Jessica’s race and Greg’s race … is that if we flip Texas, we flip the country.”
She went on to say that Democrats would “fight for a living wage” and “unionize the hell out of this state” before saying that they would ensure “not one dime is made exploitatively across any worker, especially the undocumented.”
Ocasio-Cortez isn’t the first to envision a blue Texas. In September 2019, when speaking at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said it would be “game over” for Republicans if the party lost the state’s 38 electoral college votes. At the time, Cruz said he didn’t believe the state would turn blue but added that “central to that is we’re going to have to work to communicate and turn people out.”
In the 2020 Presidential election, Trump carried the state, winning 52.1% compared to President Biden’s 46.5%.
But Republicans are adamant about keeping the state red. Recently, the Republican National Committee’s communications director told Fox News Digital that the RNC’s investment in Texas is the largest in the organization’s history.