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Shifting Focus for 2024 - Texas' U.S. Senate Race

Updated: Jun 16, 2023

Many of you may have been wondering what The 134 PAC has been up to since the 2022 election? Mostly licking our wounds, the same as most Democrats across the state. We have taken a little sabbatical, spent time focusing on family, work and friends, and waiting for the end of the legislative session to evaluate our next move.

During this time we have been having a lot of internal discussions about where we should focus our efforts for 2024, and where we can do the most good for The 134. After a lot of soul searching, discussion and debate we are ready to announce our focus for this election. We have determined that the way we can have the most impact for The 134 is to be a voice and advocate for our region as a political force. What we learned in 2020 and 2022, as if we did not already know, is that our ability to impact voting patterns in general elections are microscopic. What we can do very effectively is focus attention on rural areas, rural issues and be a strong independent rural voice among Texas Democrats. The best way we can do this is to focus on influencing the Democratic Party in the Democratic Primary.

This cycle, we have decided to focus all our effort in the Democratic Primary for the Texas U.S. Senate race in 2024. The 134 is about advocating for rural Democrats, rural people and rural places. This means that we plan to endorse and support a 134 candidate in the Democratic Primary for the U.S. Senate. There are at least two announced candidates from The 134 already in the race. Others may be joining them soon. In the coming months, we will begin a process of talking with every candidate who is interested in being a voice for this part of the state. This will be a very deliberative process focused on finding a candidate, who shares The 134's values and understands our needs and priorities and is committed to campaigning in and for The 134.

Why focus on the Democratic Primary? The secret to growing the power of rural Democrats is to increase the number of people voting in the Democratic Primary in The 134. That is why. The amount of influence we can have on the Democratic Party, its candidates and issues is dependent on the number of primary voters we have

. We also want The 134 to be a place Democratic Primary candidates can no longer ignore. Our effort to accomplish this starts now and runs through the Democratic Primary on March 5, 2024.

We could use your help. Your gift of $10 a month will go a long way to growing our grassroots network across The 134 and helping us fight for The 134 in the Democratic Primary. If you have not already given, please consider doing so starting today through March 5, 2024.

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