For Texas Democrats, a Habit of Losing Big Elections

Every election season, Texas Democrats come to the voters with their latest slate of candidates, set to compete with Republicans for offices ranging from sheriff to governor.

The Republicans, of course, do the same thing.

Both sides win plenty of local elections, and each has pockets of the state in which the other party stands little chance of winning. It’s tough for a Democrat to win in Collin County; it’s hard for a Republican to win in Hidalgo County.

At the state level, Democrats have suffered from a long dry spell — a string of failed elections so long that ...

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