It’s almost time for Texans to elect a new governor, but will there be a Democratic candidate?

Rare | 8/13/2017 | Gerald Hanks
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With just under 15 months until the November 2018 elections, the Texas Democratic Party faces an unprecedented dilemma:

Not one of the party’s legislative leaders, at either the state or federal level, is currently publicly considering a run for governor against incumbent Republican Greg Abbott, and the Democratic Party is coming off of a terrible losing streak when it comes to statewide elections.

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For example, State Senator Wendy Davis lost the 2014 governor’s race by more than 20 points; Ann Richards was the last Democrat in the Governor’s Mansion, since 1990, when she was elected to serve as the state’s first female governor; and Democrats hold the longest record for not winning any statewide election since 1994 – a 23-year record.

They also haven’t won the state in a Presidential race since 1976.

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And many of the state’s top Democrats are passing up the Governor’s Mansion for, perhaps, more nationally impactful positions.

Congressman Beto O’Rourke, for instance, a former punk rock musician, announced he would go after the U.S. Senate seat held by Ted...
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