Texas Democrats think a seat on the oil and gas regulating board could be their best chance of winning statewide in two decades

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Democrat Chrysta Castañeda and Republican Jim Wright face off for a seat on the three-member Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees the state's oil and gas industry. Credit: Todd Wiseman/The Texas Tribune

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For all the buzz about whether Texas will flip at the top of the ballot, some progressives see the race for railroad commissioner as their best chance of putting a Democrat in a statewide seat.

The Railroad Commission of Texas regulates the state's massive oil and gas industry, and its elected, three-member board has been entirely Republican for at least 25 years. No Democrat has been elected to any statewide seat in Texas in over two decades.