The last time a Texas Democrat won statewide office was 1994, marking the end of a power streak that dated to Reconstruction. That year, Governor Ann Richards was ushered out of office by George W. Bush, and a young Republican upstart named Rick Perry was elected to his second term as agriculture commissioner. Bob Bullock would be the last Democrat elected Lt. Governor, on the heels of Bill Hobby’s long career.
The Democratic party hasn’t launched a strong challenge for statewide office since.