AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Immigration policy is something that Texas politicians have little control over but it's shaping up as one of the major issues of the 2014 election cycle in Texas.
Republican operatives say the issue is the most important to their primary voters. Democrats see just as much opportunity in the issue as their conservative counterparts.
In a tough, four-way race like the one for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor the candidates feel compelled to run to the right to attract the support of tea party activists. But Republicans are also trying to win over more Hispanics this election cycle, so a hard line could hurt them with a population that a poll says is sympathetic to illegal immigrants.
Democrats hope that position will win them support with Hispanics.