No Democratic presidential candidate has won Texas since Jimmy Carter in 1976, so conventional political wisdom would have Sen. Barack Obama skipping the Lone Star state this election year. Although he knows he has little chance of winning Texas’ 34 electoral votes, Obama is sending organizers to the state and plans on campaigning here. The reason is a broader Democratic Party strategy that includes helping congressional and legislative candidates. It may help Obama, and it certainly saves Texas from being taken for granted. It’s an expensive gamble, but Obama expects to have the money to do it. His strategy is to mount a campaign in every state, even those solidly Republican red, like Texas. Some observers say it’s foolish for Obama to waste money in states he is highly unlikely to win — again, like Texas — but there is method in that madness.
Source: Austin American Statesman