The Texas lieutenant governor warned Saturday that the state could fall into Democratic hands if Republicans get “complacent.”
“If we’re complacent, yeah, it could happen,” Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) said Saturday according to Politico. Dewhurst made the comments at the Texas Tribune Festival. He added that efforts to flip the state from red to blue probably wouldn’t happen today.
Winning elections depends on who turns out to vote, Drewhurst said.
“And increasingly we’re seeing fewer and fewer people turn out for our elections,” Dewhurst added. “So if the Democrats get all of their base turned out and our base is complacent, you know, we could have a problem.”
A few days earlier news broke that Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) plans to jump into the gubernatorial race and likely face Attorney General Greg Abbott (R). Dewhurst said Davis had no chance of being elected governor. Some Davis supporters see her as the possible herald of a wave of Democratic victories in the state.