Think-Tank: Texas Dems Don't Have a Chance

A liberal-leaning think tank paints a bleak picture for Texas Democrats this November.

The Brennan Center for Justice is already blaming Republican gerrymandering for what could be a disappointing midterm election for Texas Democrats.

“They want to try to find a solution for a problem that doesn't exist,” says Matthew Langston, vice president of Austin-based Axiom Strategies.  “Voters get to choose in the ballot box and for a state like Texas, they choose largely a conservative or Republican body.”

Langston says it's up to Democrats to shift the dynamic.

“They will have to show more organization and realistic policy ideas than they have in the last 20 years just to gain an additional seat,” he says.

“Redistricting is by in large a bi-partisan process, both parties have to maximize their influence within the Legislature and voters aren't the ones who actually choose how the redistricting process goes.”

According to Brennan, the only district really in play this year is the one held by Republican Will Hurd along the Texas-Mexico border.

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