Chairman says Texas Dems have much building to do

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Associated Press

Posted on August 14, 2013 at 5:04 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa is optimistic for the 2014 campaign, but that doesn't mean he's ignoring his party's problems. Such as half of the county-level organizations can't deliver results on election day.

Hinojosa says he's been working on building the party. Protests over a ban on abortion after 20 weeks has also breathed new life into Democratic politics and created a star in Fort Worth Sen. Wendy Davis.

Hinojosa says the key is to mobilize the Democratic Party's base — minorities and liberals — and boost voter turnout among non-voters.

With 7 million ballots cast in 2010, former Houston Mayor Bill White lost by 630,000 votes. Hinojosa said that's the minimum goal the party will look for to win in 2014.

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