Since his turn to politics in the mid-90’s, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has never strayed far from the core issues that drive base voters to the polls. And this year is no exception. His campaign released a new statewide ad today:
Listen for the themes. And note that he also hitches his wagon to Gov. Abbott quite skillfully.
He is also gaining a lot of free media on FoxNews. Here he is discussing the recent election of Republican Pete Flores to the Texas Senate:
While his opponent focuses on generic themes that might appeal to moderate voters, Patrick drives home the core differences between the base voters. Looking at his opponent’s race from the outside, it appears that he is taking his party’s base voters for granted and counting on moderate independents to make up the difference. My question would be, what is going to motivate the Democratic base? Are all of the Democratic candidates counting on a Beto surge? I suppose it could happen and I do get a sense that voters in Harris County are engaged with Beto but Texas is a big state. And depending on a campaign that wants to demolish the Second Amendment seems a stretch to me. I guess we’ll find out soon enough.