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  •  The city of Houston is blue (10+ / 0-)

    but the suburbs are red, and the exurbs are deep crimson.  Obama won Harris County (Houston) by .05% of the vote in 2012.  Steve "I love Ted Nugent" Stockman is the Representative from the very next district north of Houston.  Louie "I show I'm an idiot every time I open my mouth" Gohmert is the representative from the district just north of that.  Texas has a lo-o-ong way to go before it turns blue.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sun Feb 17, 2013 at 09:21:37 PM PST

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    •  The voters are already there to make it purple (8+ / 0-)

      It's not as if you need a fundamental change in TX's demographics. You just need a change in who actually makes it to the voting booth. And the current demographic trends only help here.

      So I don't think it's quite so long a road. A blue TX is probably three or four cycles away—once D's commit to it.

      •  This non-Texan (1+ / 0-)
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        would happily support the DNC taking on a Texas Project to work on moving Texas towards purple without waiting for demographic trends. Besides, the Republicans aren't going to just sit around and not try to win over more of the non-white population and new groups of young voters. If Democrats sit and wait for Texas to turn blue without trying to make it happen, it won't happen. Even if Democrats don't win, just making the Republicans have to fight for Texas is a game-changer. They're have to pour in money instead of taking it out because without Texas, they have no way to win the electoral college, and may not have enough states to gerrymander to keep the US House.

        •  Republicans have put those demographics (0+ / 0-)

          in play by sending Cruz to the senate.  The Mexican population loves him, even though they don't particularly cotton to his policies.  He's highly educated, extremely smart, politically and legally savvy - every Mexican mother's dream for her sons.  He will have to be made out to be an embarrassment of giant proportions on the national stage for them to change their minds.

          "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

          by SueDe on Mon Feb 18, 2013 at 02:37:12 PM PST

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