Texas lieutenant Dan Patrick on Friday promised never to let the state become democratic and to call himself the “last man standing” in the election against future Democratic presidential candidates.
“There are a lot of conservative and red states around the country, but if we fall, America will fall,” Patrick told the audience the opening night of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas. “The ballot in New York, California … combined together means we could never ever elect a Conservative Republican to the White House.”
Texas has 38 votes, the most of any reliable Republican state and the second most of any state next to California, which is a reliable Democratic state with 55 votes.
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But the gap has narrowed in recent elections: In November 2020, former President Trump beat Democrat Joe Biden by less than 6 percentage points, which is lower than Trump’s 9-point advantage over Hillary Clinton in 2016. The last four presidential elections before that in Texas were double-digit wins for the Republican candidates.
Democrats spent millions of dollars in Texas last year in a failed attempt (once again) to turn the state around in the hope that Latinos and suburban voters would vote for Biden, but it never materialized.
“I can tell you that as a lieutenant governor of this great state, which I am blessed and honored to serve, we will never let that happen,” Patrick said.
He said Texas stood “ready to fight for everything you care about, no matter where you live in America” and promised in 2024 that “Trumpsim will rise again!”
Patrick praised Trump, who will speak at the conference Sunday afternoon.
“His politics will live on forever. He has taught America to stand up and fight for this nation, for this is a time, and make no mistake, it’s not just about Democrats and Republicans,” Patrick said.
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The Texas legislature is working to pass a controversial ballot, which proponents say would make voting more secure, but critics say it would mean oppression of minority voters.
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