Democrats eye conversion as part of ‘Battleground Texas’
If you believe Texas Democrats like San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, Texas might not be a red state much longer.
“You’ll be announcing that we are calling the 38 electoral votes of Texas for the Democratic nominee for President,” Castro told CBS last week.
Democratic strategists like Texas native Matt Angle told KTRH Republicans have become too extreme for a lot of Texans.
“The Republican leadership in Texas has really moved outside the mainstream. It now reflects the most extreme views in our society, not just in Texas,” Angle said.
Angle says the Lone Star State is there for the taking, especially with our changing demographics.
“Rather than trying to embrace and win the votes of African Americans and Hispanics, they have tried to suppress their vote,” Angle explained.
Harris County Republican Party Chairman Jared Woodfill told KTRH he doesn't see any shift coming in the state’s political landscape.
“We won by overwhelming majorities at the state level. We will continue to do so. All they are trying to do is make their base open up their pocketbooks,” Woodfill said.
At the end of the day, Woodfill isn’t worried about what will happen in the next few years.
“It’s not going to happen. I hear that every election cycle,” Woodfill stated.
Woodfill says he thinks the Democrats will do what they always try to do; use Texas as an ATM machine to fund races elsewhere in the country.
Hear the podcast with Matt Patrick and Houston's Morning News as he talks with Woodfill: