- Associated Press - Saturday, June 28, 2014

DALLAS (AP) - Texas Democrats have easily re-elected state party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa, who remains the first Hispanic to hold the post.

More than 6,000 delegates overwhelmingly chose Hinojosa for the next two years Saturday, as they wrapped up the state Democratic Convention in Dallas.

A former county judge and Democratic National Committee member from Brownsville, the 61-year-old Hinojosa was challenged by a little-known party activist. But a series of top Democratic legislators took the stage to endorse him.

Hinojosa told the convention that, since first being elected in 2012, he and others have embraced Texas’ diversity and taken “the party to unimaginable heights.”

Democrats haven’t won a statewide election since 1994. But Texas’ booming Hispanic population means voter demographics could be on its side sometime in the near future.


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