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Inside Democrats’ plan to turn Texas blue

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 03:03

Encouraged by a rapidly rising Hispanic population, Democrats are pouring millions of dollars into an all-out, grass roots bid to take Texas blue - if not in this year’s governor’s race, then maybe by 2020.

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Texas is this sort of the end of linchpin of the Republican party for the past several decades of Democrats see an opportunity -- change that slammed it down to Texas to see what they're doing on the ground make the state. From a the most conservative in the country to more of a battleground state. The big reason that they're looking at this is the fact that the State's Hispanic population is projected to grow dramatically over the coming decades. And just as in the rest of the country Hispanics tend to vote more democratic. So thinking is. As the white population declines in the Hispanic population grows Democrats have a greater chance. They're helped by the fact that Republicans know image across the board oppose immigration reform in Texas. And a lot of the candidates are running around saying things that can be construed as pretty offensive. There's a guy running for the lieutenant governor's position called referred to an illegal invasion. Patrick is the only candidate with a record of opposing all benefits really glimmer. Now all this is coming in the context. The governor's race in Texas Republicans -- -- -- -- -- -- there longtime attorney general. He's very well known figure in the state and Democrats and got a break when Wendy Davis agreed to run -- as you -- knows the state senator who became a national figure. When she launched an eleventh hour filibuster against that. A bill that would restrict abortion here. We think of Texas is the into the tablet but it's an overwhelmingly urban state and you've got huge cities like Dallas and Houston San Antonio. And just like elsewhere in the country those central cities and to be solidly democratic. The suburbs for the most part I mean Republican. By the state is more diverse than we think there's a huge Asian population and Houston for example. The mayor of Houston as a Democrat she's lucky -- just got married to her partner and so it Democrats need to do is boost turnout in the cities. And try to convince the the collar counties that -- in the suburban areas to at least you know consider voting democratic. We know change in Texas won't happen overnight. We know that turn a state like Texas into a battleground we'll take you long term strategy and it's sustained push from grassroots activists. I went to that phone bank effort in as -- ramshackle. Party headquarters on the east side of downtown. You've got a bunch of alumni from Obama's 2012 campaign the people who did the boots on the ground for the volunteer network. And they're trying to replicate that there it seemed to have the energy. Election. And so they've signed up about 111000 volunteers and years that they've been on the ground. And they hope to get to 30000. Realistically Democrats probably will not -- in the governor's race this year and they will probably have a hard time in 2016 but by 20/20 by the end of the decade they certainly will be competitive in May even be in a position to win.

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Inside Democrats’ plan to turn Texas blue

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 03:03