Republicans and Sleet Alike to Hit Hard on Texas Primaries

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Source: Dave Wilson (DaveWilsonPhotography) / Flickr

The Texas primaries opened Tuesday with candidates off to the races at the political shotgun, but with Republicans starting 40 feet up the track. The departure of Governor Rick Perry — rumored to be considering a presidential position — from the running means that Texas is more of a free for all than usual, and The Tribune reports that it will be the most open election in a decade. Still, Republicans are looking like they’ll be taking home all the wins, beating out even Democrat Wendy Davis, who raised $16 million for her campaign, and who has the hearts of most Texas Democrats.

While she’s become a controversial figure and much hated by some in the red state for her position on abortion, she does have a certain audience she appeals to, and has gained national attention. She would also be the first female gubernational nominee in Texas since 1994, according to The Tribune, with Ann Richards. Her opponent, Attorney General Greg Abbot, would be the first new GOP nominee since Governor Rick Perry’s 14 year streak.

We have a challenge,” one of Davis’ senior advisers told the New York Times, “because we have maybe five audiences: young Anglos, base Hispanics, persuadable Hispanics who’ve been here several generations, African American, and Anglo women. And you can’t have five messages. You have to have one,” he said. But it won’t be abortion rights, according to the Times, a subject that gets poor reception in the state she hopes to win over. When asked about the close personal examination she’s been under regarding her history — specifically her time as a single mother and rumors that she once lost custody of her children — she is largely accepting. “Sure, I think it’s absolutely fair to take a look at it, I do. But I think there also needs to be a responsibility to fairly report and make sure you thoroughly understand things before they’re reported,” said Davis, emphasizing that she never lost her children, and that she worked hard to get where she is.

Her chances look considerably worse in light of the more conservative wind blowing through Texas with the Tea Party and Ted Cruz influence. George P. Bush will be seeing a more friendly atmosphere as he runs for Commissioner of the Texas General Land Office. As the nephew of George W. Bush and son of Jeb Bush, both Texas and politics look to be a family trade. He notes that his uncle (G.W. Bush) always said he’d be good in politics. He also addressed his mother, who was born in Mexico, and his view on the Hispanic vote. “We don’t need to change our conservative values to win the Hispanic vote,” said Bush Junior, according to CBS, “We need to change our tactics,” he said.

One challenge that voters could be facing in Austin, Texas on the way to the polls is the unusually cold weather and subsequent poor driving conditions. Austin could be facing freezing rain and sleet, and icy low temperatures, making the roads unfortunate for Tuesdays events.

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