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.