Apr 27

The Murray Report: Texas Politics in the Covid Era | April (Online Class)

Richard Murray

As we begin the third year of (mostly) living with the Covid19 coronavirus, we see the Texas political calendar shifting into high gear. Texas, like most states, will elect or reelect the governor and all other important state officials in 2022. So, while the presidency is not up this year, nor a U.S. Senate seat, this will be a critically important election year in the Lone Star State. It gets started early, with both parties holding their primaries on March 1. Governor Abbott is favored to win a third term, but he faces two primary challengers from the right in the Republican Primary, and a credible Democratic opponent, Beto O’Rourke, in the November General Election. Embattled Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also faces three serious challengers in the GOP primary, including Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Congressman Louie Gohmert. Republican strategists worry that if not renominated, Paxton could end the GOP’s quarter-century statewide winning streak. And Texas’ powerful Lt. Governor, Dan Patrick, faces another strong challenge this year from either Mike Collier, whom he defeated by just five percent in 2018, or former George W. Bush advisor and ABC political analyst Matthew Dowd, who has entered the Democratic Primary. Plus, all 181 state legislative seats will be on the ballot, as well as the 38 congressional seats Texas now holds.

All this electoral action will unfold as the worst public health disaster in 100 years grids along with no end in sight, and hot button issues like abortion will be front and center this election cycle. All in all, we are headed into a most uncertain and challenging year—buckle up, it may be a bumpy ride.

Other lectures by Dr. Richard Murray:
May 25: The Murray Report: Texas Politics in the Covid Era | May (Online Class)

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