Texas – In Republican-dominated Texas, where voters opted for John McCain in 2008, the Democratic National Committee is waging one of its biggest organizing efforts in the nation.
Organizing for America, an arm of the Democratic Party established this year and successor to President Barack Obama's campaign, has a staff in Texas as large as any of its other state operations, including California and Ohio. It's seizing on the opportunity presented by the 3.5 million Texans, mostly in urban areas, who voted for Obama over McCain.
Although its immediate purpose is to build support in all 50 states for a federal health care package and other legislation on Obama's agenda, Organizing for America also is looking to help Democrats regain their footing in Texas for the 2010 election.
Republicans predict its effect will be minimal in this red state.
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