Texas politics can change plenty in 2018 without a blue wave

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In politics, purple is often the first sign that a state or a district is swinging from one party to the other — from blue to red, or red to blue. Perhaps — and there’s not really a way to know for sure until Nov. 6 — Texas is still a red, red Republican state. But one way to explain all these weird polls is to say this red state is developing some purple splotches.

How else would you have a close Senate race and a blowout in the race for governor? Assuming almost every poll is right, that’s the situation with, on one hand, Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke, and, on the other hand, Greg Abbott and Lupe Valdez.


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