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Texas Democrats to Elect Leader, Seek Relevance

Dems trying to figure out how to win more in Republican-dominated state

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    Ron Kirk, seen with President Barack Obama, is expected to speak at the convention.

    Texas Democrats are holding their state convention in Houston, where they will elect a new leader and strategize on how to win more elections in the Republican-dominated state.

    Party Chairman Boyd Ritchie is stepping down after six years in the job. The convention is expected to pick a new leader during the three-day meeting.

    Democrats will hold meetings of their core groups and discuss how to build support for the party. No Democrat has won statewide office since 1994, and Republicans hold a 102-48 supermajority in the Texas House. But redistricting is expected to bring that number down in November.

    The top speakers at the convention include San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, a former Dallas mayor.