AUSTIN (July 7, 2012)--Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa says he figures 70 percent of Texans should be inclined to vote for his party's candidates.
In an Associated Press interview he listed the party's traditional supporters and their percentage of the population to support the contention.
Hispanics represent 40 percent of the state’s population, African Americans 15 percent and progressive whites add at least another 15 percent, he said.
Hinojosa admits the trouble is the majority of those people are not voting for anyone and as the new chair of the party that hasn't won a statewide election since 1994, he acknowledges it's his job to get them to vote.
Hinojosa said the party will focus on Hispanics and young voters.
The goal is for 48 percent of Texas voters to consistently select a Democrat.
Getting more than 50 percent will be the candidate's job.