With a week until Election Day and while several election fraud cases remain pending before the Texas Supreme Court, more than 7 million people have already voted in Texas, or roughly 43 percent of all registered voters in the state.
In the 2016 General Election, 59 percent of all registered voters in Texas voted overall. This election, voter turnout is on track to equal or surpass that number.
President Donald Trump won Texas in 2016, and his campaign has been recently hammering the airwaves in a state that leads the U.S. in crude oil production with ads about his opponent, Joe Biden, and his comments about “transitioning away from the oil industry, yes. The oil industry pollutes, significantly. It has to be replaced by renewable energy over time.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, replied, tweeting,
“Biden wants to ‘transition’ away from the oil industry. He just killed paycheck[s] earned by hardworking families in Texas. Joe just wants to transition away from Texas. Remember that on election day.”
The oil and gas industry anchors the Texas economy by creating high-paying jobs and by generating revenues unmatched by other industries in the state, the Texas Oil and Gas Association argues.
In fiscal year 2019, the oil and natural gas industry supported more than 428,000 direct jobs and paid more than $16 billion in state and local taxes and state royalties. This equates to $44 million every day, which directly funds public schools, universities, roads and first responders, the association states.
Biden’s campaign has bought a record $6 million in television ads in oil-rich Texas, a state Democrats thought they could win prior to Biden’s comments about the oil and gas industry.
SMU political scientist Cal Jillson told KRLD Radio Dallas that the amount of money flowing into Texas from Biden’s campaign isn’t solely about him winning.
“I don’t think he’s spending that money to assure his own win in Texas,” Jillson said. “I don’t think that’s likely to happen. He is trying to assist Democratic candidates for the U.S. House and even more for the Texas House in their races.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, had something to say about this:
America, make this ad go viral.
Help your friends & neighbors understand this simple truth: a vote for Democrats is a vote to destroy millions of jobs in the energy sector.
And for what? So higher carbon-intensive Russian oil & gas will take its place. Don’t let this happen. pic.twitter.com/njWBsFKfbD
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) October 24, 2020
As did Wesley Hunt, Republican candidate for Texas’ 7th US House District:
Last night, Joe Biden made it abundantly clear once again that he intends on ending the oil and gas industry in Houston, with no viable plan to replace it. Our jobs and our way of life on the chopping block and yet we still haven't heard a word from @Lizzie4Congress. pic.twitter.com/fAZWPiDs1T
— Wesley Hunt (@WesleyHuntTX) October 23, 2020
As did Donald Trump, Jr., who tweeted an ad about all of the jobs Biden has voted to end:
This devastating video uses Joe Biden's own words to show he supported the job-killing NAFTA trade deal that crushed American workers, he wants to END the Oil and Gas Industry eliminating 10.5 million jobs, and that he has a 47 year career of failure. pic.twitter.com/B5F34X7yDI
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 26, 2020