Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas delivers remarks during a Senate Judiciary Committee meeting to work on the immigration legislation in May. Michael Reynolds/EPA/Landov hide caption

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A Texas delegate on the floor of the Republican National Convention in 2012. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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Battleground Texas staff members and volunteers work around a table in a small backroom of the Travis County Democratic Office in Austin on April 24. Battleground Texas is an effort by veterans of the Obama campaign to take what they learned electing and re-electing a president and try to turn Texas blue. Rodolfo Gonzalez/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Texas is beginning to trend urban (downtown Houston, left), which could be good news for Democrats, who tend not to do well in rural areas like Wise County near Boyd (right). David J. Phillip (left)/LM Otero (right)/AP hide caption

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Republicans celebrated when California Gov. Pete Wilson was re-elected in 1994. But his divisive campaign led to a backlash, especially among the growing Latino population in the state. Kevork Djansezian/AP hide caption

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A bilingual sign stands outside a polling center at a public library ahead of local elections on April 28 in Austin, Texas. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Chef Anita Jaisinghani owns Pondicheri, a casual spot serving up her take on the street foods of her native India. Liz Halloran/NPR hide caption

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