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The Hunt for Blue November: Why Battleground Texas Needs White Women

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Over 75 people turned out for Battleground Texas’ latest San Antonio voter registration training

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Whether Davis wins or loses, Battleground wins: Democratic voters are mobilized. Meanwhile BGTX founder Bird joined the “Ready for Hillary” superPAC to back Hillary Clinton to run for president in 2016. Houston trial lawyers Steve and Amber Mostyn, who gave a $250,000 dollars to BGTX in the first half of 2012, helped found Ready for Hillary.

And whether Clinton wins or loses Texas, Battleground still wins: In its first months it has proven capable of organizing its digital and field strategy rapidly, of raising millions of dollars and of connecting with issues that matter not just to progressive Texans, but also to moderates increasingly estranged from the radical conservatives dominating the state GOP.  

In the improbable event that the Republicans finally respond effectively to the challenge, demography might not lock up Texas for the Democrats for several more presidential cycles. But GOP candidates will now have to expend huge resources and effort to secure a terrain once considered conquered: Exactly the battleground Democrats are fighting for now.

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