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Texas 2022 Elections

Texas Democrats rely on voters of color to be competitive. So why are their top statewide candidates mostly white?

The GOP slate for statewide office includes two high-profile Latinos and two Black candidates who have previously held state or federal office. Republicans are making a play to be more competitive with voters of color as the state’s electorate grows more diverse.

Democratic Party signage and logos at the Texas Democratic Party office in Austin on Oct. 8, 2019.

“We need to look at that and need to do an introspection as to why there’s a lack of diversity at the top of the ticket. We need to do better. We’ve gotta cultivate our bench.”

— Odus Evbagharu, chair of the Harris County Democratic Party
Candidate for Lt. Governor Mike Collier speaks at an event at Whitestone Brewery on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021 in Cedar Park.
Political analyst Matthew Dowd at a Texas Tribune event in Austin with Tribune CEO Evan Smith on May 10, 2017. 
State Rep. Michelle Beckley, D-Carrollton, speaks with other representatives on the opening day of the first special legislative session at the Texas Capitol on July 8, 2021.

Republicans compete for voters of color

State Rep. James White, R-Hillister, speaks with reporters on July 13, 2021.

Democrat fundraising disparities

A shake-up 

Civil rights attorney Lee Merritt announces his campaign for Attorney General at a press conference held at the Texas Capitol on July 13, 2021.

“Policy over personality”

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