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AP: Texas Democrats Won’t Field a Candidate for Governor

Looks like Texas Governor Greg Abbott is going to cruise to re-election.

Texas Democrats are having so many problems recruiting candidates that it looks like they won’t even field a candidate in the 2018 gubernatorial election, according to the AP.

Democrats have struggled to win in the deep red state in recent decades, and it looks like that trend will continue through this cycle:

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.

It’s questionable if Democrats are “looking irrelevant” in the Lone Star State, given the party is irrelevant. Consider that they haven’t had a Democratic Senator since 1993. Even worse, a Democrat hasn’t won the Governor’s Mansion since Ann Richards in 1990.

Democrats had high hopes for 2014 gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, but she ultimately lost the race by more than 20 points to now-Gov. Greg Abbott.