Battleground Texas

The last time that a Democrat won a statewide office in Texas was in 1994. No other state has seen Republican one-party rule longer.

And there are few signs that this streak is going to be broken anytime soon. That’s judging from election returns. If anything the Democrats appear to be going in reverse.

The 2014 gubernatorial election that pitted Democrat State Senator Wendy Davis against Republican then Attorney General Greg Abbott was a meltdown for the Dems.

Tuesday night, November 4, Texans picked new office holders. There was little surprise that republicans again swept the state and Attorney General Greg Abbott will be sworn in as the next governor. 

That night Abbott gave his victory speech as the governor-elect of Texas.

"As Texans, the bonds we share transcend our differences," Abbott said. "We all want to live in safer communities, have greater opportunities, and to give all of our children lives worthy of their promise." 

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis and the Texas Democratic Party are launching a voter protection program to monitor voter suppression and discrimination on Election Day.

Davis predicts this election will have large voter turnout and she, along with the state party and Battleground Texas, are getting prepared for what could come down to a legal fight at the ballot box.

While the Texas attorney general’s office has opted out of investigating the Democratic organizing group Battleground Texas, officials with the group called the allegations a partisan attack and said they fully comply with the law.

Attorney General Greg Abbott recused his office from a possible investigation that follows accusations and concern from elected officials like Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. The San Antonio office of Battleground Texas is accused of data harvesting -- allegedly keeping phone numbers from voter registration cards.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has requested the secretary of state and attorney general’s office investigate Battleground Texas for possible voter harvesting. The allegations center on another undercover video produced by conservative activist group Project Veritas.

In the past, Project Veritas’ videos have been scrutinized for how they were produced and whether there was any truth to their content. The latest video featuring Battleground Texas San Antonio Field Organizer Jennifer Longoria has public officials believing there is enough to launch an investigation.