National Democrats are looking at Texas as a battleground state and have launched a project to turn the state blue by 2018. If successful, if could result in a major undermining of the Republican Party’s electoral map during presidential races.
The Wall Street Journal reports,
Some Republicans scoff at the thought of Texas ever tipping back to the Democrats. Gov. Perry, in a recent interview, dismissed the idea as “a pipe dream” more far-fetched than the University of Texas adopting the colors of archrival Texas A&M.
“We are not despairing. Far from it,” said Steve Munisteri, the feisty chairman of the Texas GOP, who is girding for the fight ahead. “But nor are we taking anything for granted.” Among other things, Republicans say that many Hispanics are drawn to the party’s more-conservative social stands.
Other party leaders are more cautious. “To call the last national election anything but a wake-up call would be remiss,” said Carolyn Hodges, president of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, which has 163 chapters and more than 11,000 members. “If we Republicans don’t find a way to remake and repackage ourselves, this state could go from being bright red to blue really fast.”
As both parties dig in, neither side disputes the basic facts.
Texas is one of just four states—California, New Mexico and Hawaii are the others—where non-Hispanic whites, at 45%, are in the minority. Hispanics, who went heavily Democratic in the 2012 national vote, now represent 38% of the Texas population. By 2016, nearly a million more Hispanics will be eligible to vote in Texas, more than quadruple the number of eligible new Anglo voters, according to several forecasts. Other new residents continue to pour in from an array of traditionally Democratic states, particularly California.
Meanwhile, Texas has some of the country’s lowest voter-participation rates, especially among groups that typically skew Democratic, That leads some Democrats to compare the state to a vast oil field that has yet to be tapped. The state has 13.6 million registered voters. But Democrats say there are nearly three million eligible but unregistered Hispanics and African Americans, and at least half that many who are registered but don’t vote.
However, there are some who demonstrate that one does not have to give up their principles or compromise them to get into office nor to gain favor from their constituents in holding fast to their principles, even while some of their colleagues cave on theirs. Sen. Ted Cruz, the party’s top Hispanic lawmaker, opposes opening up a route to citizenship for those who are in the U.S. illegally. He is a perfect example of what I’m speaking of.
Democrats have already tested out their project in Texas. In 2010 they focused on Hispanic and African-American communities in Travis County and convinced inactive voters to go to the polls and vote. Election results showed a 54 percent jump in Democrat voters and a turnout rate nearly 20 percent higher than the rest of the county.
“People respond if you ask for their vote,” Travis County Democrat Chairman Andy Brown told the Journal. “And in Texas, millions of people have never been asked.””We Democrats haven’t even begun to pick the low-hanging fruit,” said San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, who told the Journal he was stunned by the success of the Obama voter mobilization effort in the 2012 presidential election.
“We are not despairing. Far from it,” Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri told the Journal. “But nor are we taking anything for granted.”
Newsmax points out:
The GOP is already taking steps to protect its lead in the state that holds a crucial 38 electoral votes. Last year, the state party changed its official stance on immigration, dropping its calls for mass deportations and instead proposing a guest-worker program. And the Texas Federation of Republican Women voted to support a federal path to citizenship for millions of immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.Looking to counter the Democrats’ Battleground project, several GOP groups are also working on recruiting and funding conservative Hispanic candidates, including one led by George P. Bush, the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.
And these moves by the GOP, as noted by Newsmax, indicates part of the trouble in which they cave to a liberal agenda because they think that will make people like them rather than standing on principle. Good luck with that. I’m sure the people of Texas are happy to support candidates like Sen. Cruz and others that will walk the talk, not depend on a family name which has been anything but conservative.
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