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Is It Time for Texas Democrats to Turn to the Celebrities? One thing is abundantly clear from Texas Democrats’ abysmal election night: the bench of viable statewide candidates is extremely thin. Beto O’Rourke, the best-known and most popular Democrat in the state, lost his 2022 race by eight more points than he lost his 2018 effort, effectively ending his ability to raise hopes (or money), even if he does want to spend another year campaigning across the state. A handful of youngish Democrats in the state’s congressional delegation—headlined by Joaquin Castro, and including Dallas congressman Colin Allred and newly elected Austinite Greg Casar—are likely to enjoy infinitely more productive and successful political careers in the House of Representatives than they will pursuing statewide offices that have been in GOP hands since before most of them could…

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