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Young Texans Don’t Vote As Much As Older Folks, And Democrats Want To Change That

Texas Democrats will need to get their voters to turn up in larger-than-usual numbers in this year’s midterm elections if they want to win seats held by Republicans

A table for the liberal communications groups Progress Texas in the exhibitor’s hall at the Texas Democratic Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. “It’s up to the candidates to reach out,” to young voters, says executive director Ed Espinoza.

Kim Olson is running to be Texas Agriculture Commissioner, but when she addressed the Young Democrats Caucus at the Texas Democratic Party Convention in Fort Worth on Friday, she didn't spend much time talking about farms.

Instead, she had a message for the under-40 crowd: It is up to you.

"Those of us with gray hair and chemically altered gray hair need you to be like gerbils on Red Bull," Olson bellowed from the stage.

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