As Texas Suburbs Diversify, Democrats See An Opportunity For 2020
Added 08-23-19 05:07:01am EST - “As Republican retirements stack up, Democrats are bullish about gains in Texas, with rapid demographic shifts among Hispanics and Asians. Plus, a backlash against President Trump.” - Npr.org
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Democratic congressional candidate Sri Kulkarni listens to supporters attending a fundraiser in Houston. In his last campaign in 2018, he came within 5 points of GOP Rep. Pete Olsen, who is retiring in 2020. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption
Democratic congressional candidate Sri Kulkarni listens to supporters attending a fundraiser in Houston. In his last campaign in 2018, he came within 5 points of GOP Rep. Pete Olsen, who is retiring in 2020.
Looking around the inaugural meeting of the Fort Bend County Young Democrats, there's clear evidence that the face of Texas is changing.
About 60 young adults — almost all minorities — are crammed into a side room of a bubble tea cafe in the Houston suburbs on a steamy August evening. As local and congressional candidates make their pitch to the new group, there are roaring cheers — and a sense of optimism that wasn't here even a decade ago.
Ali Hasanali, a 30-year-old assistant district attorney, has been involved in local politics in his hometown since 2010, and he remembers a much lonelier scenario back then.
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