Meanwhile nationally, some Democrats – and Republicans -- worry that, because their standard-bearers are so distrusted, their election hopes could be upset by third-party candidates.
Some are worried that particularly younger voters may not be aware of the Ralph-Nader/Green Party situation in 2000, that essentially enabled Republican George W. Bush to claim the presidency from Democrat Al Gore.
Nader nationally got 2.7 percent, and in crucial Florida, Nader got 1.6 percent, or 97,488 votes. Bush was ahead by a hotly contested 537 votes – a tiny percentage of those cast in that state.
The U.S. Supreme Court eventually voted 5-4 to give Florida's 25 electoral votes to Bush – without which he would have lost.
This year, Texas Democrats are hoping the antipathy among Hispanics and African-Americans for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will spur Democratic turnout.
However, decades of attacks on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's reputation for trustworthiness have taken a toll.
Thus the nervousness that Libertarian and Green Party candidates could affect the result in crucial swing states.
It's not that most people expect those third-party candidates to actually win. It's fear they'll mess things up for either the Republican or Democratic standard-bearers by taking votes they might otherwise have gotten – either because of sincere belief in those outsider campaigns, or as a "none-of-the-above" protest vote against rejecting the offerings of the Democrats and Republicans.
This has caused some Clintonites, including First Lady Michelle Obama, and some editorial columnists, to urge voters leaning to third-party candidates to realize they might help elect Trump.
In Texas, many Republicans – and Democrats -- have come to pretty much take it for granted that whoever wins the GOP nomination will almost certainly be elected in the November general elections.
Most Republicans and political prognosticators don't think that will be different this year, though Republican politicians like Gov. Greg Abbott are using that fear to raise campaign cash.
No Democrat has won a statewide race in Texas since 1994. The last Democrat to carry Texas for president was Jimmy Carter in 1976. Republican Ronald Reagan beat him in 1980, in Texas and elsewhere.
However, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) has raised significantly more money than usual this presidential election year. And they're investing some of it to both help the Democratic effort this year, including in red states, in hopes of political miracles there, and to build their depleted grassroots infrastructure and candidate bench for the future.
Texas is the fourth usually Red state that the DNC is adding to its Victory Leaders Council effort, organizing proactive Democrats toward electing Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and running mate Tim Kaine, and other Democrats on down the ballot.
The party's press statement included the names of 547 Democratic faithful, from present and former elected officials to donors and activist workers, as evidence they will have something going on. The list will grow, the party spokespersons added.
The other three states where the program is already underway are Arizona, Georgia and Utah – other usually Red states where Democrats are threatening with single-digit differences in polls between the Democratic and Republican presidential tickets.
It's a long-term effort "across the country and building for the future," said a statement from the DNC's chief of staff, Brandon Davis. “In states from Georgia to Texas, demographics and politics are changing quickly — and Democrats are making the investments to make gains now so that we can take majorities later.
"We are mobilizing voters across the country to elect more Democrats and to deliver on the policies being driven by the Clinton-Kaine ticket and Democrats at every level of the ballot," Davis said.
"The Victory Leaders Councils are one more way that Democrats are investing in all 50 states,” said Donna Brazile, the interim chairwoman of the DNC.
As for the third-party danger nationally of the Libertarians and the Green Party, their candidates are polling consistently higher than is usual because of the joint unpopularity of the major-party candidates.
Libertarian Gary Johnson is polling in the 6 to 8 percent range. Green Party candidate Jill Stein is around 3 percent. Meanwhile, Clinton currently is around 43 percent to Trump's 40.
As it happens, both Johnson and Stein ran in 2012. He got 0.99 percent that year; she got 0.36. One poll indicates that Libertarian Johnson's vote would take more votes from Trump than from Clinton, while Stein's takes more from Clinton.
Characteristically, the third-party percentage tends to drop as voters realize that all they're doing is protesting, that could help elect the candidate they dislike the most.
Still, the relative strength of these third-party candidates has both Democrats and Republicans nervous in these final few weeks.
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