The Associated Press is reporting that only 15 months away from the next gubernatorial election, Texas cannot find a single member of the Democratic Party willing to challenge Texas Governor Greg Abbott for his seat.
Even with Texas’s ever increasing Hispanic population – now over 30% of the state considers itself Hispanic – Texans still know better than to take Democrats seriously.
Democratic leaders haven’t yet lined up a substantial name to represent the party and its message despite months of trying. Any continued faith in a Democratic turnaround in Texas is now colliding with pessimism that it will happen anytime soon.
“If they didn’t have somebody running for governor it’d be a symbol that they’ve given up,” said Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston.
And the lack of a serious 2018 candidate, following the dismal showing of the Democrats in the 2010 and 2014 governor’s races, could make it harder to capitalize later if the political climate improves, as the party expects.
“You run the risk of looking irrelevant,” Rottinghaus said.
This is especially comical considering pollsters were absolutely convinced the state of Texas would vote for perennial loser Hillary Clinton during the 2016 election. In fact, they were downright enamored with the idea of President Donald Trump being such a terrible candidate that Texas would become a permanently blue state.
These are a few of the headlines from last year:
New York Times: Could Hillary Clinton Win Texas? Some Democrats Say Maybe
Five Thirty Eight: Election Update: Clinton’s Texas Opportunity (And Her Texas Problem)
Washington Post: Could Hillary Clinton actually win Texas?
Not only did Clinton lose Texas by 9 points, the Texas Democratic Party can’t even sucker another sap into running for governor.
Meanwhile, Governor Greg Abbott has announced his reelection campaign and is already out on the campaign trail triggering leftists with good, conservative policies.
One of the crowning accomplishments of Abbot’s time as governor included banning sanctuary cities throughout the state. Like the president, Abbott leverages social media in his favor, and live streamed signing the bill on his Facebook page.
At this point Democrats across the country must surely be wondering: “When do we start winning again?”