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  •  I don't understand this (4+ / 0-)
    I don't think the urban margins mean much with actually building the party that much

    But... that's where the people live. You need to run up the score in the cities if you want to win the state. Whereas there are just not many college towns in Texas. There's Austin, which is already heavily Democratic and politically engaged; and there's College Station, which is maybe the most conservative college town in the country. And that's about it.

    But the real key to Texas is unlocking the Hispanic vote. That's where there's enormous room to improve turnout, on top of enormous numerical population growth.

    •  Pretty easy (1+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY

      It doesn't build a statewide party to improve margins in Dallas and Houston.  Sure it helps win statewide, but that's not what I'm focusing on.  I'm looking at lower level party building.  

      Having Obama run up margins in Houston or wherever won't help us make a big impact on building the party in Denton.

      •  It's part of the process, but not all of it. (0+ / 0-)

        No doubt getting people to vote for Democrats will involve getting people to like what they do when in office. If we elect a Democratic governor or senator, or less directly more individuals in areas where we aren't doing that badly to help increase our numbers, we can have a more positive effect. Perhaps this will lessen the burn of having a "D" next to a person's name in a redder part of the state.

        There's also the possibility of a statewide win helping to encourage other candidates to run and then win.

        •  Statewide is a bridge too far (1+ / 0-)
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          MichaelNY

          If the focus continues to be on statewide races it won't happen in our lifetime.  There are mitigating factors at work, and are actually increasing GOP performance at a time when Demographics would say they should be going in the other direction

          -White population going GOP in bigger numbers
          -White population also growing, just not as fast as Hispanic
          -Latino population votes GOP 33% of the time

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