Recent years have brought two certainties to the Texas summer: intense heat, and speculation that the long-delayed comeback of the state Democratic party is just around the corner.
The Democrats haven’t won a statewide race in the Lone Star State since 1994; what’s more, they’ve had a candidate break 46 percent in a statewide race only once in that time. Every two years, some promising local official is promoted as the shining lone star who will lead the party back to victory: former Houston mayor Bill White; former Texas land commissioner Garry Mauro; high-school teacher Victor Morales, driving across the state in his truck. Each time, the candidate has fallen well short of the party’s hopes.
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