In Primary Season, a Key is to Get Names Known

The first problem with the 2014 primaries is that almost everybody is a nobody.

The standard and somewhat lazy view is that the Democratic candidates do not have the prominence they need to get the attention they require to compete with Republicans in Texas elections. It’s not altogether wrong — it’s just that it’s not really confined to the Democrats.

The biggest bloc of votes in polls for most Republican primaries is don’t know/undecided. Voters don’t know most of these people.

In an October University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, those who were undecided made ...

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