Post by pavel on Feb 11, 2016 6:18:30 GMT -6
It may be a driver of conservative ideology, but Texas is shaping up to be a key factor in who gets the Democratic nomination.
The morning after the New Hampshire primary, let’s consider that no so-called presidential frontrunner – in this case, Hillary Clinton – has ever lost an early primary by 20 percentage points. That may mean nothing. Or, it may mean that Bernie Sanders’ talk about a political revolution is more than empty stump speech puffery.
The key to the conventions is the South, and candidates know it. Sen. Ted Cruz has spent a huge part of his time over the past several months cultivating the states of the former Confederacy, where nearly half of the delegates needed for nomination are up for grabs.
And if you’re Hillary Clinton, you’re going to want all the delegates those states have to offer. That’s why Texas is becoming an increasingly important player in the Democratic primary.
Karen Tumulty, native Texan and national political correspondent for the Washington Post, says Democratic candidates have to play the long game when it comes to the primaries. And a strong showing in Texas is becoming key to landing on the November ballot as the Democratic nominee.
Read more: www.texasstandard.org/stories/texas-surprising-role-in-the-democratic-primary/