Why “Don’t Texas My Virginia” was a Failed Message From the Start

Bethany Bannister
Nov 3 · 4 min read

A few weeks ago, Vice President Kamala Harris campaigned on behalf of Democratic Gubernatorial candidate, and frankly longshot, Terry McAuliffe using a new battle cry to supposedly agitate voters in Virginia: “don’t Texas my Virginia.”

It was a play on words of a Republican talking point not to “California my Texas,” and an unfortunate choice in both instances, because Californian expats are a driving force in the Texas Republican party and because, if nothing else, over the last 10 months, you’ve seen nothing but…