When liberal political group Battleground Texas made headlines with its grand entrance into the Lone Star State, it was on the claim that they would make this election a turning point in Texas history.
After the results came in on the night of November 4th, two things were abundantly apparent. First, the 2014 elections were definitely a historic event in Texas. Second, Battleground Texas could not have chosen a worse battleground than Texas.
Texas home schoolers may have never experienced a more successful election year than in 2014. Out of 100 General Election endorsements, THSC topped the charts with a stunning 97 percent success rate on November 4.
All 12 THSC-endorsed candidates for statewide office left their opponents in the dust, with margins of victory close to 20 percentage points or more. Gov. Greg Abbott soundly defeated abortion queen Wendy Davis with nearly 60 percent of the vote, while Dan Patrick, Ken Paxton, Glenn Hegar, and Sid Miller (now Lt. Gov, Attorney General, Comptroller, and Agricultural Commissioner, respectively) each followed suit with their own sound victories.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Nathan Hecht, along with Justices Jeff Brown, Jeff Boyd, Phil Johnson, and Court of Criminal Appeals Justices Bert Richardson, Kevin Yeary, and David Newell all pulled in victories past the 20-percent margin, reminding liberals of the importance that home schoolers place on their representation in the judiciary.
Taking the Senate by Storm
Conservatives overtaking the Texas Senate appear to have become a near unstoppable force. Although home schoolers and conservatives cruised to easy victories in Senate races all across the state, the whole nation was watching the fight in Senate District 10 in Fort Worth, where Battleground Texas was pulling out all the stops in one last, desperate attempt to claim something meaningful out of the 2014 elections.
The national spotlight that Wendy Davis gained during her filibuster of the pro-life bill in 2013 lingered on Senate District 10, even after she left office to seek the governorship, and liberals and conservatives alike recognized that the fight in SD 10 would represent the future of Texas politics.
After months of phone calls, events, mailers, block walking, poll watching, and fervent prayer, conservatives from all across the state finally knocked the ball out of the park. Home school and conservative voters delivered a crushing blow to liberals when constitutional conservative Konni Burton won SD 10 with a six-point lead, announcing that conservatives had “sent Battleground Texas packing.”
All THSC-endorsed Senate candidates won their elections with room to spare, including new State Senators Bob Hall, Paul Bettencourt, Van Taylor, and Don Huffines, in addition to the resounding victory from Konni Burton. We believe these new voices in the Texas Senate will be unwavering defenders of parental rights and home schooling in Texas. This is a drastic improvement to the 2013 Senate which included 19 republicans and 12 democrats, of whom only 6 could be counted on to support conservative and pro-family legislation.
Renovating the Texas House
Out of 42 THSC-endorsed candidates for Texas House, 40 of them won election and will represent parents and home schoolers during the 84th Legislative Session. Ten new state representatives will join the ranks in the Texas House from among THSC’s endorsed candidates.
State Representatives Stuart Spitzer, Mark Keough, Wayne Faircloth, Molly White, Matt Shaheen, Dustin Burrows, Tony Tinderholt, Rodney Anderson, Matt Rinaldi, and Mike Schofield all emerged victorious as the new state representatives for their districts on Tuesday night.
The newfound conservatism that is finding its way into the Texas House will provide families invaluable allies who will defend parental rights from government overreach during the coming legislative session.
Most people are familiar with the phrase, “Give credit where credit is due,” but it can be easy to forget sometimes that God ultimately deserves all the credit for the goals that He helps us to accomplish. We have come a long way, but the road ahead is far longer than the road behind. It is important at times like these not to allow ourselves to forget Who ultimately gives us our strength, our endurance, and our victories.
In the end, every door that was knocked upon, every phone that was called, and every vote that was cast was an answer to fervent prayer, which God gave us because He is merciful. He blessed His people who fought for what they knew to be right. God honors those who keep His principles. If we forget this one foundational truth, everything we do becomes instantly obsolete.
We can try to attribute our success to many things, but in the end nothing can substitute for the guidance and the wisdom God gives to those who seek it, and as seems frequently to be the case, the first step in receiving more is being thankful for what He has given to us already. As He tells us in his Word, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
And to all of you who voted, thank you. Your voice was heard.