Democratic primary, convention reveal a weak party

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Associated Press

Posted on June 3, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 4 at 5:30 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The results of the Democratic primary race for the U.S. Senate tell the story of the party's problems in Texas.

Paul Sadler, a storied former state lawmaker, was recruited to put up a David versus Goliath fight for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison seat. In return, Democratic donors gave him less than $100,000. In a place where buying a statewide television ad buy starts at $1.7 million, this is not the behavior of a healthy political party.

More than 11 percent of registered voters cast ballots in the Republican primary last week, but only 4.5 percent voted for Democrats. That's less than 600,000 people out of a voting age population of 18.7 million.

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Ritchie said the key is to convince Democrats that the party can win.

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