Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has recently dropped some money on advertising in the historically red Lone Star State and doing so has fueled speculation.
The ad buy for one week is small in presidential campaign terms, especially if you want to make an impact in a state the size of Texas.
No Democrat has won a presidential election in Texas since 1976 when Texans voted for Jimmy Carter. Mitt Romney carried the State in 2012 with 4,569,843 votes to President Barack Obama’s 3,308,124. John McCain won by close to the same numbers in 2008. The State Legislature is dominated with Republican seats.
Clinton plopped down $1oo,000 by Tuesday, and she will be spending that money in Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio, reported The Texas Tribune.
The Democrat nominee is targeting large urban cities in Texas that are either politically blue, or are trending purple, like Houston.
Although there has been much-to-do by those on the other side of the red aisle about Democratic chances in the State, as well as the meaning of the ad purchase, part of the political optimism of the Democratic hopeful, is the fact that The Dallas Morning News endorsed Clinton. The paper has not endorsed a Democrat for president in 75 years.
Her supporters are tweeting the ad in which Clinton quotes from and touts the Morning News endorsement:
The Chief launches a one week ad buy in TEXAS higlighting the conservative Dallas Morning News support. pic.twitter.com/ovGBeJ2Mu9
— RogelioGarcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) October 18, 2016
The Dallas paper published an editorial on September 7th endorsing the Democrat presidential nominee. Those wishful-thinkers should look at the consequences to the publication which became evident in the weeks thereafter.
Breitbart Texas reported on September 21st that The Dallas Morning News had taken a hit in subscriptions after its early September endorsement of Clinton.
“Certainly we’ve paid a price for our presidential recommendation, but then, we write our editorials based on principle, and sometimes principle comes at a cost,” The Dallas Morning News Editor Mike Wilson told Poynter.
The DMN editor added, “I’ve had a lot of conversations with readers lately, and I respect their views and their right to disagree with us. The most important thing to us is that they vote, even if it’s not for our favorite candidate, because democracy doesn’t work if people don’t vote.”
After the endorsement, angry protestors convened outside the DMN building in Dallas. Wilson approached them and he was asked “How could we support known criminal/liar/killer @Hillary Clinton?” One of the protestors called the Dallas editor an “enemy of the state.” Another protestor accused the newspaper of taking “big money” for the endorsement.
Polling in Texas shows that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is ahead in the State. Real Clear Politics puts Trump ahead with an average of the polls at 44.0 percent to Clinton’s 38.3 percent.
Clinton has a lot of money to spend and she just put another $2 million down in Arizona, another historically red state, reported the Tribune.
In late August, the Democratic candidate raised $18 million in just a three-day swing through California. She raked in nearly $70 million in June, as reported by Breitbart News. Republican nominee Trump also had a good month, raising $51 million in June. He raised $37 million in July, and as reported, 64 percent of this came from small-dollar donors. Clinton raised $63 million, with only 36 percent of the donations coming from donations under $200. Trump’s campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC) raised $64 million in July and had nearly $80 million on hand, reported Breitbart News.
While Clinton has raised money from celebrities, billionaires, and political action committees, and Trump has also received large donations from the very wealthy, the Trump campaign set a fundraising record for raising $5 million in small donations in just one day, reported Breitbart News. The donations under $200 were made online and this amount did not include donations made by mail or over the phone. Billionaire globalist George Soros has given at least $11.9 million to Clinton.
President Barack Obama will be in Beverly Hills for a $100,000 per person fundraiser for Clinton on October 24th, as reported by Breitbart News.