Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Are Utah and Texas the Next 2016 Battlegrounds?

Could Utah and Texas be the next battlegrounds in the 2016 election after Georgia and Arizona? Such a thing was completely unthinkable four years ago, but it does appear that the Clinton campaign is putting these two deep-red states on the radar.

The Deseret News, one of Utah's top newspapers, has published an op-ed by Hillary with the striking title "What I have in common with Utah leaders — religious freedom and the Constitution":
I’m running for president to make sure our country continues to live up to our founding principles. Those timeless ideas teach us that we’re stronger together when we work in unison to solve our problems, no matter what we look like, where we come from or how we pray.

That last one is important. As Americans, we hold fast to the belief that everyone has the right to worship however he or she sees fit.

I’ve been fighting to defend religious freedom for years. As secretary of state, I made it a cornerstone of our foreign policy to protect the rights of religious minorities around the world — from Coptic Christians in Egypt to Buddhists in Tibet. And along with Jon Huntsman, our then-ambassador in Beijing, I stood in solidarity with Chinese Christians facing persecution from their government.
This November, what’s at stake is nothing less than the kind of nation we want to be.

It’s up to us whether we’ll retreat behind Trump’s notion that there’s only one right way to be an American, or whether we’ll recognize the fundamental wisdom of our Constitution that teaches we all need each other for this country to flourish.

As Sister Rosemary M. Wixom once said, “As individuals we are strong. Together, with God, we are unstoppable.”

Sister Wixom is right, and she’s not alone. Generations of LDS leaders, from Joseph Smith and Brigham Young to Gordon Hinckley and Thomas Monson, have noted the infinite blessings we have received from the Constitution of the United States.

The next president will swear an oath to preserve, protect and defend that document for successive generations. And if you give me the honor to serve as your president, I will fight every day to carry out that sacred responsibility.
This is how the piece begins and ends, but the whole thing is worth reading and sharing. This just goes to show that her 50-state strategy is real, and she knows that it begins in a state like Utah by humbly asking for their vote.

And guess who'll be in the state for a fundraiser this week? None other than the Big Dog himself!

Tim Kaine made several fundraising stops in Texas this week, and I was in attendance yesterday when he stopped by to say hello to volunteers in Austin. 
Several months ago, Hillary proclaimed that she could win here...and now Tim has backed that up:
In a hulking East Austin building without a window or air conditioning, several hundred sweat-drenched but happy Travis County Democrats gathered Tuesday to cheer U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia, their party’s nominee for vice president, and revel in their buoyant sense that this year just might be a little bit different.

“This team, we’re serious about Texas, because we know the kind of work you can do,” said Kaine, standing alongside a big blue map of Texas with Hillary Clinton’s logo at its heart. “We’re going to go after Texas.”

“The way we will win is because of what you’re doing right now,” Kaine told the volunteers.
Could it happen? As a longtime Texan, I'd say it would take a dramatic double-digit national landslide for it to be possible. But since she's currently ahead by double digits in several polls, I'm gonna go ahead and say Hill Yes it's possible! 

How does this map look to you?


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    1. Yep! It's pretty cool! I also like the Upshot's interactive graph.