Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has just put one of her fellow Democrat presidential candidates on notice.
The 2020 hopeful will be in Texas all weekend, looking to lure voters in the Lone Star State away from opponent Beto O’Rourke and over to her camp.
Texans are notoriously loyal to their own. But while Texas has long been considered a red state, there has been somewhat of a blue migration there in recent years.
New liberals are coming in from states like California, Pennsylvania, and New York as major U.S. companies move their headquarters and open new offices in Texas.
Harris no doubt realizes this fact, and the California Democrat hasn’t been shy about campaigning in O’Rourke’s backyard.
If she can win over Texas, there’s no doubt that will spell the end for O’Rourke’s campaign.
Digging in Early
The fact that Harris is hitting Texas this early in game shows that she is going to spend some serious resources in the state — but she may not see the results she’s looking for.
Indeed, Texas holds its primary on the same day as the one in Harris’ home state of California. The senator is going to have to have a strong ground game in place, especially on Super Tuesday, if she plans on being in the Golden State on the big day.
In the meantime, it will be interesting to see how Harris attacks the challenge of nabbing votes from the two Texas Dems also in the 2020 White House race.
She is going to have to be very careful about her attacks, as being too negative about either candidate could hurt her in the general election if she wins the nomination.
O’Rourke has played his cards pretty well to this point on this subject; he has said he will be behind whatever candidate comes out on top to beat Donald Trump.
But Harris has not been so forthcoming on that point.
“There is no state in America we will cede to anyone,” she said.
Game on, Beto.