Texas Democrats’ Recruiting Slump Could Be Over, Thanks To Trump

In the last several years, Democrats have had a hard time finding strong candidates to run for statewide office

Participants rally on the floor of the Texas Democratic Convention in San Antonio in 2016.

A surge in Democratic candidates in Texas could be a turning point for the party, experts say.

According to the Texas Democratic Party, a candidate is running for every congressional seat this year and for almost 90 percent of seats in the state Legislature.

Even though Democrats are unlikely to win a lot of those seats, political strategists say this year’s election could be an opportunity for the party to increase its number of experienced candidates.