Texas Democrats pushing optimism amid long odds

File - In this March 4, 2014 file photo, Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, pauses as she speaks to supporters at her campaign headquarters, in Fort Worth, Texas. Davis announced Wednesday, June 11, 2014 that Karin Johanson who has managed Davis’ underdog bid for Texas governor has left the campaign and will be replaced by Arlington state Rep. Chris Turner. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
File - In this March 4, 2014 file photo, Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, pauses as she speaks to supporters at her campaign headquarters, in Fort Worth, Texas. Davis announced Wednesday, June 11, 2014 that Karin Johanson who has managed Davis’ underdog bid for Texas governor has left the campaign and will be replaced by Arlington state Rep. Chris Turner. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

DALLAS (AP) — The Texas Democratic Party hopes to prove at its state convention that though its candidate slate isn’t exactly star-studded, it can still be enough to end the party’s 20-year losing streak in statewide elections.

Addressing delegates Friday night in Dallas are state Sen. Wendy Davis, the party nominee for governor, and Senate colleague Leticia Van de Putte, who’s running for lieutenant governor.

Neither is favored in November, and other Democrats seeking statewide posts face even longer odds. Still, the party hopes to impress independents and young voters with a “more inclusive” platform than the state GOP’s. Also by contrast, a leading convention voice will be Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who is gay.

At their convention, Texas Republicans approved a hard-line immigration stance and endorsed therapy to turn gay people straight.

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