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New movement in Texas pushes for a battleground state

WACO, TX (KXXV) -

Its been over thirty years since Texas has been a blue state, meaning votes in democrats, but that may change in the future.

Democratic supporters in Central Texas have a goal, and that goal is to see Texas as a blue state by 2030, or maybe sooner. Battleground Texas, an organization wanting to see the Lone Star state become a battleground state--meaning to have presidential candidates come to Texas to provide a healthy competition. This also includes in local elections. 

On Thursday night, BGTX made a stop in Waco, one of 13 other cities throughout the state. Their purpose is to introduce Central Texans to the new movement. Killeen is also on the list for a stop on April 3 at the community center.

In the 2012 presidential election, out of the 254 counties in Texas, 26 counties were blue. 

David Schleicher, McLennan County Democratic Party Chair hopes to see Texas voters with choices.

"We are very excited to have these people here. I know a lot of democrats are in town from what I heard, so many other people think they are the only democrat," said Schleicher. "This is the chance to remind them there are a lot of democrats out there, and we want to be apart of the discussion."

The last time Texas voted for a democrat president, it was Jimmy Carter in 1976. 

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