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Progress Texas 2020 Voter Guide
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Progress Texas 2020 Voter Guide

The most competitive races on the path to turning Texas blue.

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The power of Texas voters has never been stronger than it is in 2020.

Our state is at a tipping point: rapid population growth has resulted in rapid voter growth, which in turn has produced progressive wins around the state. This year, whether you live in a swing, blue, or red county, your vote has the power to enact big changes at the ballot box. 

This election is about more than the race for president.

It’s also about a competitive race for the U.S. Senate which has an impact on deciding who gets confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, and our state’s energy commission, known as the Railroad Commission (which has nothing to do with railroads), which is a pivotal decision maker in America’s contribution to climate change.

It’s about needing just nine seats to flip the Texas Legislature heading into a redistricting year. It’s about needing just three seats to flip the State Board of Education which makes policy on sex education, diversity curriculum, and influences what goes into textbooks both in Texas and in surrounding states.

Our voter guide lists the races we’re closely watching, and is intended to help you identify the most competitive state and federal races in 2020. Please vote the entire ballot! From start to finish and top to bottom.

Find your regional candidates: 

Statewide Recommendations
President, Vice President

The Biden/Harris team is running strong in Texas and have been leading in many polls. This could be the year our state flips! The key is turnout everywhere.

Endorsed by: Texas AFL-CIO, Texas State Teachers Association/NEA, American Postal Workers Union, United Farm Workers, Clean Water Action, Indivisible, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Vote Vets, Sunrise Movement, Everytown for Gun Safety, Scientific American 

U.S. Senate

Hegar is an Air Force veteran who successfully took on the Pentagon’s ban on women serving in direct ground combat. Now, she’s taking on Senator John Cornyn, who has consistently attempted to bar Texans’ access to affordable health care.
WATCH: Flipping Texas with U.S. Senate Candidate MJ Hegar

Endorsed by: EMILY’s List, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America, Human Rights Campaign, Everytown for Gun Safety, Vote Vets, Texas AFT, Texas AFL-CIO, Vote Vets

Railroad Commission

This race has nothing to do with railroads! It’s our poorly-named energy commission and it regulates the oil and gas industry. It’s our most pivotal decision-maker on climate change!
WATCH: Progress Texas Happy Hour with Chrysta Castañeda

Endorsed by: Annie’s List, Planned Parenthood Texas Votes, Texas AFL-CIO, Tejano Democrats, Sierra Club, Houston Area Black Democrats, Liberal Austin Democrats, Preston Hollow Democrats

Texas Supreme Court

Earlier this year the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court denied opening up vote by mail to all Texans as a safe alternative to polling places, and they did it while working from home. Vote for these four strong women and we can leave those justices at home for good. 

Endorsed by: Texas AFL-CIO, Hispanic Bar Association of Austin, Houston Association of Women Attorneys, Stonewall Democrats of Dallas 

Texas Supreme Court

Earlier this year the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court denied opening up vote by mail to all Texans as a safe alternative to polling places, and they did it while working from home. Vote for these four strong women and we can leave those justices at home for good. 

Endorsed by: Texas AFL-CIO, Women Organizing Women Democrats, Texas Coalition of Black Democrats

Texas Supreme Court

Earlier this year the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court denied opening up vote by mail to all Texans as a safe alternative to polling places, and they did it while working from home. Vote for these four strong women and we can leave those justices at home for good. 

Endorsed by: Texas AFL-CIO, State Tejano Democrats, Houston GLBT Caucus, Austin Black Lawyers Association 

Texas Supreme Court

Earlier this year the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court denied opening up vote by mail to all Texans as a safe alternative to polling places, and they did it while working from home. Vote for these four strong women and we can leave those justices at home for good. 

Endorsed by: Texas AFL-CIO, Black Lives Matter Houston, Houston Black American Democrats, Texas Democrats with Disabilities

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

This Court is the last resort for all criminal matters in the state. The court is currently fully Republican, making flipping these three-seats even more important to bring justice and balance to the bench. 

Endorsed by: Austin Black Lawyers Association, Houston Lawyers Association, Black Women’s PAC, Hispanic Bar Association of Austin

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

This Court is the last resort for all criminal matters in the state. The court is currently fully Republican, making flipping these three-seats even more important to bring justice and balance to the bench. 

Endorsed by: Texas AFL-CIO

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

This Court is the last resort for all criminal matters in the state. The court is currently fully Republican, making flipping these three-seats even more important to bring justice and balance to the bench. 

Endorsed by: Texas AFL-CIO

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