Over the past two decades, Texas Democrats have lost 123 consecutive statewide races. That’s the longest losing streak of any state party in the country. But now, as Mother Jones reports, there may be a light at the end of the tunnel.
Democrat Beto O’Rourke, a candidate for the U.S Senate from West Texas, thinks the same frustration that brought Donald Trump to power can be used to thwart the Republican Party in Texas. O’Rourke speaks fluent Spanish and grew up a few miles from the Texas border.
He understands the immigration issue on a visceral, personal level. And he’s just one of a number of pols who see a change coming in Texas. Manny Garcia, deputy executive director of the Texas Democrats, says he’s preparing for “the best midterm of our lifetimes” for his party. And if the Dems can make a play in Texas, they may have written a blueprint for other states to follow.