Not Much Election Action Left in Texas
There’s nothing like a heated political horse race to get people interested in elections, especially in Texas politics. This year in Texas, some of those close races include … well, there aren’t really that many. Texas Tribune Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith says that out of more than 200 races on the ballot around Texas this year, only about a dozen are very competitive. Smith talked with KUT’s Jennifer Stayton about the particular dynamics of this November’s general election.
It’s not so much left versus right or in versus out; it’s establishment versus disestablishment. What you have in this cycle of getting elected are a lot of people who don’t consider themselves to be insiders, or part of the establishment. They consider themselves to be people who are regular folks, who are being sent to Austin to represent regular folks. They don’t want to be part of the problem; they’re not particularly eager to see the status quo perpetuated, they’re not big fans of government, active government particularly.