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Can Obama's Organizing Army Take Texas?

[bold][italic]Progressive Texans just might lead a Democratic revival in the ultimate red state. Here's how.[/italic][/bold]

By Abby Rapoport (06.05.2013)

Shortly before the Battleground Texas tour stopped in Austin’s old AFL-CIO building in early April, the sky opened up. Thunder and lightning raged, parts of the city flooded, and traffic came to a standstill. But Democrats kept arriving, some dripping wet, others clutching umbrellas rarely used in the city, and the meeting room soon filled with about 100 folks, some no doubt drawn by curiosity. Launched in February by two of Team Obama’s hotshot organizers, Battleground Texas was promising to inject into the nation’s biggest Republican stronghold the grassroots field tactics—the volunteer-organizing, the phone-banking and door-knocking, the digital savvy—that won the 2012 presidential election. After years of national Democrats seeing Texas as hopelessly red, what made this fledgling group think it could turn the state blue?

by Anonymousreply 707/18/2013

(rolling eyes at R1)

by Anonymousreply 206/27/2013

Texas would be a battleground state today IF Hispanics would vote. Unfortunately, Texas Hispanics have the worst voting record in the entire country. I don't understand it. What's their problem with voting?

by Anonymousreply 306/27/2013

They live in semi-feudal counties where a few white people control the voting lists.

Plus, Texans cheat on the Census, and claim to have millions more people than they really do.

by Anonymousreply 406/27/2013

Then all the rednecks would have to move to Tennessee or Alabama.

by Anonymousreply 506/27/2013

After the GOP/Perry pushed through the abortion bill, I would hope that Democrats could muster enough votes to make it at least really, really close... and push out a few GOP morons in the process.

by Anonymousreply 607/18/2013

We don't have a problem with voting so much, R3, as the whites here have successfully disenfranchised us for years. See the first part of R4's response. Also, unlike California, we never had a galvanizing Cesar Chavez-type political revival to awaken us. Maybe now is our time.

All of my many relatives vote consistently, though, and for Democratic candidates. We need more support from the national party, though.

by Anonymousreply 707/18/2013
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