Democratic super PAC to spend $6.2M on Texas House races



a man holding a sign: Voter Ed Martinez makes his way to Pflugerville school district’s Rock Gym to vote in the primary runoff on July 14. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]


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Voter Ed Martinez makes his way to Pflugerville school district’s Rock Gym to vote in the primary runoff on July 14. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

A national Democratic super PAC, Forward Majority, plans to spend $6.2 million in 18 Texas House races, the group announced Tuesday.

Democrats need to pick up nine seats to gain a majority in the Texas House. In 2018, Republicans lost 12 House seats, including four GOP-held seats in the Austin area.

Forward Majority’s spending plan mostly targets GOP seats in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas.

“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to establish a Democratic majority ahead of redistricting and cement Texas’ status as the biggest battleground state in the country,” Forward Majority spokesman Ben Wexler-Waite said in a statement Tuesday.

There are no Austin-area seats being targeted by the super PAC, but Republicans are eyeing some seats that Democrats flipped in 2018.

READ MORE: With redistricting in the offing, battle for the Texas House heats up

Both parties are sinking large sums of money into Texas.

Forward Majority estimated that it has spent nearly $10 million to boost Democratic candidates for the Texas House, far more than the $2.2 million the group spent in 2018 to help 32 Democratic candidates days before the election.

In July, the Texas House Democratic Campaign Committee said it raised more than $1.3 million from January to June, already surpassing its 2018 fundraising efforts.

GOP groups also have ramped up fundraising this year. The Republican State Leadership Committee partnered with the State Government Leadership Foundation to raise $10.5 million in the second quarter.

“Democrats are salivating over turning Texas blue and are spending alarming sums of money to make it happen. Every Texan – and Republicans everywhere – should be deeply concerned by the left’s investments. We’re going to fight like hell to keep Texas, Texas, but we make no bones about it: This will be a political fight unlike any other,” Austin Chambers, president of the Republican State Leadership Committee, said in a statement.

State Democratic officials praised Forward Majority’s Tuesday announcement.

“So much is at stake in November and national groups like Forward Majority understand that importance,” Abhi Rahman, spokesman for the Texas Democratic Party, said in a statement. “Together, we will take back the Texas House.”

Forward Majority also targeted races in Florida, North Carolina and Arizona in hopes of flipping GOP-controlled chambers in those state legislatures, CNN reported Tuesday. The group will spend $15 million in the four states ahead of the November election.

The group launched in 2017 to help Democrats win control of state legislatures ahead of the 2021 redistricting process.

“Flipping the state House will stop Republicans from being able to gerrymander dozens of congressional seats and put an end to the right’s dangerous voter suppression agenda that has systematically sought to turn millions of Texans away from the polls,” Wexler-Waite said.

Forward Majority will spend the $6.2 million in Texas on television, mail and digital ads, according to CNN. It’s the most the group has committed to spending in any of the four states.

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