Justin Miller

Justin Miller is the politics reporter for the Observer. He previously covered politics and policy for The American Prospect in Washington, D.C., and has also written for The Intercept, The New Republic and In These Times. Follow him on Twitter or at [email protected].

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In El Paso, Beto O’Rourke Volunteers Launch Last-Minute GOTV Efforts

The hope is that O’Rourke’s hometown will push him over the edge — if only they can get people to vote.

It’s difficult to appreciate just how far away El Paso is from the rest of Texas until you make the drive. It’s 600 miles and one time zone away from Austin, roughly nine hours of 80-mph speed limits and not … Read More

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In Their Own Words: Why Texas Voters are Turning Out

A collection of some of the Texas voters we've encountered while covering the 2018 midterms, and what they have to say about Beto, Cruz, Trump and more.

by Justin Miller November 5, 2018 It’s been a whirlwind of an election season here in Texas. The race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke has attracted the gaze of the entire country, including the national political press. Over the … Read More

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The Suburban Resistance Built a Grassroots Powerhouse — and it Could Decide the Most Competitive Race in Texas

Awakened by Trump, a group of Swing Left organizers in Houston have tried to break away from the constraints of traditional campaigns — and flip a seat held by Republicans for more than 50 years.

The Suburban Resistance Built a Grassroots Powerhouse — and it Could Decide the Most Competitive Race in Texas Awakened by Trump, a group of Swing Left organizers in Houston have tried to break away from the constraints of traditional campaigns … Read More

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The View From Louie Gohmert-Land

Fear and loathing on one side. Hope and inspiration on the other. East Texas is a microcosm of Beto-Cruz race.

The View From Louie Gohmert-Land Fear and loathing on one side. Hope and inspiration on the other. East Texas is a microcosm of Beto-Cruz race. – by Justin Miller October 31, 2018 Texas’ 1st Congressional District is one of the … Read More

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Stuck in the Middle: Can a Conservative Democrat Win in the Heart of the Hill Country?

In the 21st Congressional District, Joseph Kopser is trying to beat a Ted Cruz acolyte by running to the middle. The question is whether anyone is there.

When Lamar Smith — the climate-change-denying chair of the U.S. House Science Committee — announced his retirement last year, the 21st Congressional seat opened up for the first time in more than 30 years. The gerrymandered district, which encompasses wealthier parts of … Read More

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Beto Talks Texas Turnout in the Final Stretch

The Observer caught up with O’Rourke and discussed the state of the most-watched race in the country.

It’s Thursday morning in Lufkin and Beto O’Rourke looks tired and his voice is hoarse. After getting into town late the previous night, he’s running on three or four hours of sleep. And despite a diet that appears to consist … Read More

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Can Asian Voters Carry a Democrat to Congress in the Houston Suburbs?

Sri Kulkarni is running one of the most innovative campaigns in the country. If he succeeds, he’ll have created proof of concept for the party’s future.

Political candidates don’t usually stray too far from the traditional campaign strategies of their respective parties. When they do, it’s worth paying attention. That’s why Beto O’Rourke’s Senate campaign has fascinated so many. It’s also why you should pay attention … Read More

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Inside Beto’s Plan to Turn Out Black Voters in Houston

Black activists are cautiously optimistic — but it’s a huge challenge for Beto’s grassroots machine to reach the unlikely voters he needs to come out.

Inside Beto’s Plan to Turn Out Black Voters in Houston Black activists are cautiously optimistic — but it’s a huge challenge for Beto’s grassroots machine to reach the unlikely voters he needs to come out. – by Justin Miller October … Read More

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