Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri believes Texas could become a swing state in 2016 if Hillary Clinton runs, but that Republicans will be up to the challenge. He takes the prospect very seriously, and unlike some in his party, he is refusing to dismiss it.
In an interview with RCP, [Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri] said that he has long taken seriously the possibility that Texas could become a battleground as early as 2016, particularly if Clinton becomes the Democratic standard-bearer.
“If she’s the nominee, I would say that this is a ‘lean Republican’ state but not a ‘solid Republican’ state,” he said. “I don’t know anyone nationally who’s scoffing at this. The national party leadership is aware and tells me they’re taking it seriously.”
Munisteri said that he has had recent discussions with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus about the need to prepare for a significant change in the political dynamic here, noting that the need will likely become even more pressing in the next decade. That’s when Texas is expected to see its minority population rise more sharply — as it adds as many as four additional electoral votes to make it an even shinier target for Democrats than it already is.
Republicans better brush up on their shiny new fake-big tent talk before anyone realizes they don’t mean a word of it.