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Democrats Have a Future in Texas. So Says Julián Castro, Anyway

Democrats Have a Future in Texas. So Says Juli??n Castro, Anyway
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San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro says Americans are ready to elect a Latino president—but he’s not the guy. “That’s not what I’m aiming for,” he told reporters at a Bloomberg/Washington Post breakfast on Thursday morning. After a pause, he added, “I also live in Texas.”

Ah, yes. Texas. As Castro pointed out, exactly zero of Texas’s 29 statewide offices are filled by Democrats. And holding a statewide office such as governor or congressman is usually a prerequisite for being president. Castro said, though, that Texas is quickly changing its tune. He sees three things leading to the purpling of Texas in the next six to eight years: