Texas Democrats Weighing Ballots, Bullets in 2020 Campaigns

Texas Democrats Weighing Ballots, Bullets in 2020 Campaigns

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Democrats are pulling out a new playbook in this year’s Congressional races, loudly backing gun control in a bet a strategy that paid off in Virginia can also win elections in a conservative-leaning state long associated with gun rights. Their fears of facing a political backlash for supporting gun regulations have evaporated after years of mass shootings, with candidates, party officials and gun-control advocates arguing that making the case for strengthening gun laws will win them more votes. "I am heartbroken by the loss of life caused by mass shootings across Texas and the United States and determined to take on the corporate gun lobby and its enablers," said Wendy Davis, a former Texas state senator who shot to political fame in 2013 when she filibustered an anti-abortion bill with a speech lasting more than 11 hours. Gun control will be a strong part of her campaign message as she takes aim at an Austin-area U.S. House of Representatives seat that Republicans have held for 41 years. That is a shift from her unsuccessful 2014 run for governor when she supported the open carry of handguns in her state. Davis is targeting one of six seats the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee thinks it can flip. Republicans hold 23 of the state’s 36 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Along with another Texas candidate, she made the DCCC’s "Red to Blue" list, which right now includes just 12 people nationwide who will get extra funding […]

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