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March 19, 2014 - 9:14 am

Texas GOP governor nominee Greg Abbott launched a website that’s aimed at attracting Texas Latinos to vote for him this fall. The site notes that Abbott’s own family is like a lot of Texas families, including Anglo as well as Hispanic and other ethnic backgrounds mixed happily together.

Wendy Davis’ campaign seems to think that Abbott going on the offensive relatively early is a sign of weakness. But their take reveals a fundamental problem in the Davis campaign.

Zac Petkanas from the Davis campaign said there is a reason why Abbott’s campaign launched their website so early in the campaign.

“Well, Greg Abbott has a lot of ground to make up — not only with the Latino community, but with voters from across the country,” Petkanas said.

As they say on Mythbusters after blowing something to bits, “There’s your problem right there!” Unless his quote is a tacit nod to secession, Petkanas seems to think that attracting voters “across the country” will somehow help Wendy Davis win the Texas governor’s race.

Mr. Petkanas is the Davis campaign’s recent import. He comes from Harry Reid’s operation in Nevada, brought in to bail out her sinking ship. So maybe he doesn’t understand how things work in Texas. Davis’ campaign has done more than its share of fundraising outside the state, which is perfectly legal if not entirely wise given Texans’ natural resistance to the extreme politics that dominate the leftwing enclaves where Davis gets her cash. But if Petkanas et al are counting on voters “from across the country” to put them over the top in Texas in November, well, they’re welcome to maintain that delusion.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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All those black babies that Wendy, Dirty Harry and the other dems have caused to be aborted and murdered over the years will, alas, be voting liberal/commie/progressive/democrat in December. Some of them, multiple times!
39 weeks ago
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I could see ticket splitting between Abbott and VanDePutte among Tejanos in November. Dan Patrick's recent absence from a closed-door candidate forum might be the first sign of an orchestrated dive to keep Dewhurst, who has less "Akin" potential, as liteGov .

Pardon my ignorance of Texas voter laws, but can only voters registered to a single party on the primary date (in this case 3/4) be eligible to vote in the subsequent runoff? If not, that would be a good case to apply "purple-thumb" verification of voters or at least require voters to present not only ID but also a ballot receipt stub indicating party ballot chosen in th original primary. This way, orchestrated crossovers could be minimized - the Teachers Unions in IL almost "blocked" Bruce Rauner.
39 weeks ago
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The Democrats are just now getting over the shock two weeks ago of seeing Davis -- with the highest name recognition of any Democratic gubernatorial candidate since Ann Richards ran for re-election in 1994 -- fail to win half of the Hispanic-majority counties in South and West Texas.

So we're two weeks out from that and the first new talking points are arriving in the e-mail, but the more realistic Dems have begun shifting their focus from the governor's race to the one for lite gov, where they're hoping Leticia Van de Putte can make a strong showing both in the Hispanic-majority counties and other parts of the state against Dan Patrick or David Dewhurst, once they have their runoff on May 29.
39 weeks ago
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"But if Petkanas et al are counting on voters “from across the country” to put them over the top in Texas in November..."

They aren't counting on it. They are PLANNING on it.

Big difference.

39 weeks ago
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"But if Petkanas et al are counting on voters “from across the country” to put them over the top in Texas in November..."

They aren't counting on it. They are PLANNING on it.

Big difference.

39 weeks ago
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Hey, the dems are adept at not just getting the dead to vote, but importing voters from across the country as required. They only have to became Texas residents long enough to vote, then they can move on to the next hot-spot.
39 weeks ago
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Why do you think Democrats oppose voter id so vehemently? Keep an eye out for the Davis campaign and/or the DNC chartering hordes of tour buses into Texas from California right around November.
39 weeks ago
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Thats gonna take a lot of buses.
39 weeks ago
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Here is Zac Petrankas:
https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/420052114119733249/VDYmUqWQ.jpeg

Not exactly a Texan, is he?
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