October 30, 2014      6:09 PM
Houston up for grabs in the race for governor?
Conservative stalwart Hotze and others warn that Davis is outpolling Abbott in Harris County, potentially ruining the GOP’s chances in down ballot races
As we've said from time to time at Buzz Central, if Texas is
a battleground, Harris County is ground zero. Perhaps never before has that
seemed so true. Conservative activists, including the local GOP's new and old
leadership, are said to be waging all-out war to try to keep Sen. Wendy Davis’ performance in Harris
County from affecting their down ballot candidates. There has been much
grumbling in recent weeks from local Republican judicial candidates who feel
that not enough has been done to turn out the GOP vote.
Longtime conservative activist and donor Dr. Steve Hotze –
a major financial contributor to Sen. Dan
Patrick – recently sent out mailers and emails pleading for Christian
conservatives to get out the vote.
In offering what he called a "Contract with Texas,"
Hotze said "Republicans are in trouble in Harris
County. For the first time in over two decades the Democrats have matched the
Republicans in Early Ballots by Mail which Republicans historically have led by
a 2 to 1 margin."
Hotze went on to explain that
he's seen polling that shows Attorney General Greg Abbott running behind Sen. Davis by just 1 percent in Harris
County. Some reliable sources tell QR they have seen
"This adversely affects the down ballot races,"
Hotze wrote. "Republican District Attorney Devon Anderson is in a dead heat with
Democrat challenger Kim Ogg,” he said. “The Republican judges are running neck
in neck with the liberal Democrat judicial candidates. Obama’s Battleground
Texas has registered over 1,000,000 new voters in Texas.”
By Scott Braddock