It’s been more than two decades since a Texas Democrat has won statewide office.

Bob Bullock was the last Texas Dem to claim victory when he was re-elected as lieutenant governor in 1994. But while the Republican party occupies every major statewide office and the two lead spots in the Texas Legislature, Democratic party officials say they have faith that the party they’re building will be able to reclaim key statewide leadership positions.

A number of Democratic officeholders and party leaders were present at the Texas Democratic Convention in San Antonio this weekend, where U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-20) was convention chairman and his twin brother, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro, received a standing ovation after his Friday night keynote address.

Texas may be a red state, but the Dems came out to the convention in full force to show their support.

(Read more: One After Another, Demo Speakers Fire Back at Trump)

Image ©John Branch for the Rivard Report, 2016.


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Cartoonist John Branch has commented on San Antonio and Texas politics for decades; his work is syndicated nationally by King Features.