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Texas Two-Step Here to Stay



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    The Texas Democratic Party is keeping its complicated presidential delegate system known as the Texas Two-Step.

    Party activists debated the two-step system passionately Saturday at their state convention, but overwhelmingly opted to keep it.

    In the hybrid system, Democratic voters cast ballots in a primary, but can help their candidate further by attending a caucus at night.

    Opponents said it's unfair to the elderly, handicapped and people who work at night and can't make the caucus.

    State Sen. Royce West, a Dallas Democrat who oversaw public hearings on the issue, urged the party to keep the 25-year-old system because it gets more people involved in politics.

    The system came under fire after the close 2008 primary battle between Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.