Will Texas Become A Presidential Battleground?

With the two parties in Washington gridlocked on immigration, the budget and other issues, it’s easy to forget that when it comes to winning presidential elections, one party has a distinct advantage.

“The Democrats have a significant advantage on the electoral map that gives them the inside track going into 2016,” says independent political analyst Rhodes Cook. Cook’s latest red and blue charts show that what used to be a Republican advantage has — over the past generation — flipped. …

In recent years, Republicans have been watching the map shrink. Virginia and Florida, once GOP strongholds, have turned purple. Now, Democrats are turning their attention to the biggest Republican prize of all, Texas. [cont.]

Mara Liasson, NPR News