Primary Poses First Test for Texas Democrats

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Battleground Texas, the major Democratic effort aimed at turning one of the reddest states blue, celebrated its first birthday this week with cocktails at a swank Austin bar, hosting one last party before the project’s first significant test in Tuesday’s primary election.

The initiative organized by Jeremy Bird, President Barack Obama’s former field organizer, has raised more than $3 million, signed up 12,000 volunteers and attempted more than 370,000 phone calls and door-knocks to boost the Democratic Party, according to the organizing group’s executive director, Jenn Brown. The group hopes to take advantage of the state’s changing demographics to increase the Democratic vote, using a neighborhood mobilizing model that produced results in Obama’s presidential campaigns.

The March 4 Democratic primary will reveal how much the group has accomplished on the road to the general election in November.

"The center-right is the vast majority in this state, so you can register all the voters you want," said Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri.
March 2, 2014
Associated Press