As election results poured in Tuesday night, commentators tripped over themselves to figure out whether the race for the 2020 presidential election was beginning, or if it has already been going on for awhile. That’s because as far off as it may seem, voters will go to the polls again just two years from now, to elect a president. Todd Gillman, Washington bureau chief for The Dallas Morning News, says the close Senate race between Beto O’Rourke and Ted Cruz shows Texas politics is changing.
“Beto O’Rourke was part of catalyzing this change,” Gillman says. “It’s a pretty closely divided state, but it is still a predominately Republican, conservative state. Midterms always punish the president’s party. If Texas wasn’t going to flip this year, it is not likely to flip in 2020.”
What you’ll hear in this segment:
– What Ted Cruz’ victory means for the future of Texas politics
– How the 2018 midterms will affect the 2020 presidential race
– How Democrats running in 2020 might look to Beto O’Rourke’s campaign for inspiration
Written by Brooke Vincent.