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In the fall of 2020, nine weeks ahead of an election that Beto O’Rourke had dubbed a “defining moment of truth for this country,” the former El Paso congressman and failed presidential candidate took to Twitter to rally Texas Democrats. “Texas isn’t a red state,” he declared, announcing a phone-banking effort. “It’s a non-voting state.” On the latter point, O’Rourke was right: Texas has historically had lower voter turnout than most states. But his implication was that if Democrats could get large numbers of nonvoters to the polls, they’d win—not such a sure thing. That November, millions of new voters did go to the polls. More Texans voted than ever before, in fact, with the highest percentage turning out since 1992. But Republicans won just about…
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