It will be interesting to see what happens. There was a lot of talk about the Democrat sweep of Fort Bend County in the 2018 elections, which was also the deciding factor in the Democrat sweep of the 1st and 14th Court of Appeals elections, but even the Democrats who won those elections largely credit Beto O’Rourke’s spending. That is not likely to be as much of an issue this time but, still, Democrats winning Fort Bend County would have been unthinkable only a few years ago.
The Democrats are committed to turning Texas blue. A lot of Freepers from more rural parts of Texas scoff at the notion, but they shouldn’t. Texas is largely an urban and suburban state, population-wise. The Democrats have firm control of the major cities now, and are now working hard on the suburbs.
Unfortunately, the state and local Republican parties seem to have almost no energy. Statewide, they seem to be complacent in their belief that rural Texas will continue to hand them statewide elections without effort. In Houston, at least, the local Republican party seems to be resigned to losing all city and county-wide elections for the foreseeable future. Not only has Harris County has gone from mostly Republican county-wide office holders to all Democrat in the span of about six years, but most potential Republican candidates I’ve spoken to have absolutely no interest in running for county-wide elections in 2020.
Also, there is no longer “straight party voting”, which is how Harris County Judge Ed Emmett was voted out for Lina Hildalgo.