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Texas Democrats seeking to unseat Republicans after 24 years

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It's been 24 years since Texans elected a democrat for statewide office. All the attention this cycle is focused on Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Beto O'Rourke.

The Democratic candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor visiting Lubbock on what they call "the Fair Chance Tour."

Candidates Lupe Valdez and Mike Collier rallying voters at Jalisco's. It's part of a statewide tour to encourage early voting among Democrats - specifically young and minority voters, a crucial demographic for Democrats statewide.

Lupe Valdez is the former Sheriff of Dallas County, challenging Governor Abbott. She said mobilizing voters is key.

"Texas is not a red state, it's a non-voting state. All we have to do is get out and vote and we will win. The numbers are really looking good all over Texas," Valdez said.

Mike Collier is a former oil man and financial auditor. He seeks to unseat Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. Collier said it's a bipartisan campaign statewide.

"What I'm finding in the campaign is there are issues that all Texans agree on. Most all Texans agree on such as public education and property taxes," he said. "That's where I am spending most of my energy. Our property taxes are too high and I have a plan to solve that and Texans of all political persuasions are responding." 

"All Texans want a decent and educated and healthy work force. That's what we're working for, making sure rural areas and urban areas, democrat, republican, rich, poor, whatever," Valdez said.

Drew Landry is the Democrat challenging State Representative Dustin Burrows in District 83. This "Rally for Public Ed", encouraging voters to choose issue over party.

"What we're working on is a coalition that will put public education right at the forefront and making sure public ed spending is at least half there that way the property taxes will be lowered," Landry said.

Miguel Levario is running against Congressman Jodey Arrington in District 19.

"I come from a family of educators, I am an educator myself that's something that hits close to me and is close to my heart," he said. "We want to support our teachers and increase their wages and pensions and have all of the resources they need."

Early voting ends on Nov. 2nd. 

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