Analysis: Whatever color Texas is, everybody’s running like it’s purple

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Early voting at the Acres Home Multiservice Center in Houston on Oct. 26, 2014. Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune

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President Donald Trump has been to Texas seven times this year.

Michael Bloomberg will be on the Texas Democratic primary ballot for president.

Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro isn’t (politically) dead, though his shot at winning the Democratic presidential nomination is all but gone.

And Republican powers in Austin are assembling a political action committee to try to protect their majority in the Texas House.

All roads lead to this: Texas might not be blue — or even purple — but it will be competitive electoral ground in 2020.

You might not believe it, but it’s clear that the Democrats are ambitiously plotting to win seats in the congressional delegation and the Texas House in particular. And that the Republicans are planning defenses and recruiting voters in anticipation of a vigorous Democratic campaign.