Peeking Ahead to the Fight Over Moderate Voters

Barack Obama and Ted Cruz aren’t running for Texas governor in 2014. But the candidates who are running are invoking Obama’s and Cruz’s names in ways that could raise some long-dormant tendencies of Texas voters.

There’s the tendency of voters to recoil from candidates who run too far left or right during a primary to remain attractive in a general election. And the inclination of voters to reject candidates who can’t assemble a primary election victory with different factions within the same party.

This kind of thinking makes little difference in races that do not feature serious Democratic candidates. The ...

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