Texas is known as a pretty conservative state. It has not been carried by a Democrat presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter in 1976. A Democrat last won a statewide election in Texas twenty years ago, in 1994.
Odds are this trend will continue in 2014. Greg Abbott is widely expected to defeat late-term abortion activist Wendy Davis in the gubernatorial election. In the race for Lieutenant Governor, the Republican Party's eventual nominee (either incumbent David Dewhurst or State Senator Dan Patrick) is almost certain to beat Democrat candidate Leticia Van de Putte, whose entire campaign seems to be based on pointing out that she's Hispanic and female, and so Hispanics and women ought to vote for her.
The other state-level statewide elective offices (Attorney General, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Commissioner of the General Land Office, Commissioner of Agriculture, Railroad Commissioner) look equally likely to be won by GOP candidates in November. The remaining statewide election is for a federal office - The U.S. Senate. Incumbent Senator John Cornyn is a Republican, and he too is expected to be victorious on Election Day. But he doesn't yet know who he will be facing, and he won't find out until Tuesday night. That's when the Democrat candidate will be chosen in a runoff election. The choices: Businessman David Alameel, or Worldwide LaRouche Youth Movement activist Kesha Rogers.
Alameel has been endorsed by virtually the entire Democrat Party establishment, as well as The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and The Houston Chronicle. Rogers, on the other hand, has been endorsed by "Doctors Against Murderous Obamacare."
Her platform is refreshingly straightforward:
1 Obama must be impeached, forced to resign, or otherwise legally removed.
2 Glass-Steagall must be reinstated, bankrupting Wall Street and ending its genocidal reign of terror.
3 American credit must be made available, through Constitutional methods, for relaunching productive work on a mass scale.
4 Classical culture must be revived, to reawaken in everyday Americans a realistic optimism about the future.
5 Tens of millions of productive jobs must be launched, in a nationwide mobilization to immediately solve the real crises we face, due to Wall Street created shortages, of especially, agriculture, energy, water, space defense, and new resource development.
Needless to say, she's not expected to win the Democrat primary election. But if she did somehow pull off an upset victory, it would create a fascinating matchup between a white Republican man who doesn't want to impeach Obama against a black Democrat woman who does.
That's one way to turn Texas purple.