State democrats look to capitalize; local GOP looks to down ballot

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AUSTIN (KXAN) – We’re now just 50 days away from the Presidential election. This year Donald Trump is doing better than expected in some states but in he is under performing in Texas, normally a Republican stronghold.

Democrats hope to seize the moment while Republicans focus on down ballot races.

For more than a year, the group Austin for Hillary hasn’t had a place to call home, until now. Along I-35, Democrats opened the official DNC Texas headquarters for Hillary Clinton, donated by former State Senator Gonzalo Barrientos.

“Well we don’t have all the money in the world and each person has got to do what they can. So we contributed this office for Hillary and all of the workers,’ said Barrientos.

Recent close polls – including some showing a tie between Trump and Clinton in Texas – has local party leaders encouraged the national committee will come in with the checkbooks to help volunteers get face time with voters.

“If somebody asks you to vote for somebody, it’s pretty personal and you have to make a real decision,” said Gary Mauro, Texas for Hillary Chairman and Former Texas Land Commissioner.

And with fifty days left until Texans vote, local Republicans want to convince all they can to show up. State Representative Paul Workman, R – Austin, spoke to the North Shore Republicans in Lago Vista to say just because many don’t like the options; choices still need to be made.

“Perhaps may not be happy with the candidates for either party. Go down ballot and vote for candidates down the ballot and not just stay home,” said Rep. Workman.  Local Republicans emphasized that county, city, and state elected officials impact their lives more than the national candidates.

“Need to be focused on a lot of local concerns, we have some aging infrastructure whether it be water, waste water or streets,” said Ron Smith, a Lago Vista City Council member.

As the polls get closer across the state – your vote matters even more.

Governor Greg Abbott has been helping a new member of Congress get reelected. Republican Representative Will Hurd represents the 23rd district, stretching from San Antonio to almost El Paso and encompassing much of the Texas-Mexico border. Governor Abbott campaigned for him in San Antonio yesterday. He’s locked in a reelection battle with Democrat Pete Gallego — who represented the district before him.

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