Some Republicans in Texas have acknowledged that Democrats could pose a threat to the GOP, but most have scoffed at the effort.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry told The Wall Street Journal that a competitive Texas "is the biggest pipedream" he has ever heard. "The University of Texas will change its colors to maroon and white before Texas goes purple, much less blue," he said.
While demographic data shows that Texas is a state in transition, other signs indicate that it could take years to make that evident at the ballot box. A significant chunk of the Latino population in Texas and nationwide is below the age of 18 and remains ineligible to vote. Many others have an immigration status that bars them from voting.
In the meantime, Bird said that his group would begin to focus boosting turnout in municipal, congressional, and state legislative races in the next election cycle to begin to prove to donors and volunteers that success is possible.
"When the time is right, we will become competitive statewide," he said.