Battleground Texas Plans D.C. Fundraiser
“There’s a real opportunity to tap into not just the Latino vote but the millennial vote and the women’s vote, and of course the African-American population,” said McKenzie, who predicted Democrats could be competitive statewide “in the next six to 12 years.”
The actor said it was his understanding that the group’s organizers have succeeded in raising the “seed money that they hoped for to start the operation.”
Republicans have expressed skepticism that Democrats will have the financial and political attention span to fund Battleground Texas over multiple cycles.
At the same time, Republican Party leaders and officeholders in the state have pointed to the Democratic group as a warning sign for the GOP amid Texas’s demographic flux.
Republican state Attorney General Greg Abbott, a likely future candidate for governor, declared in April that Texas conservatives should be on guard against the president’s “political machine” coming to town.
“Republicans who are complacent are kidding themselves if they think Battleground Texas is not a threat,” he told the Waco Tribune-Herald.
It is currently unclear how seriously Democrats will contest statewide elections in Texas in 2014. The state’s electoral lineup for the midterm cycle is expected to take shape later this summer, once Gov. Rick Perry announces whether or not he will run for reelection.