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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Democrats say this year’s Democratic National Convention will signal a turning point in Texas politics.
The more than 400 delegates and alternates will spend the next few days in Charlotte trying to turn the Lone Star State blue. Their plan is to network and highlight the influence and magnitude of the state's Latino vote.
Hope and change are promises which got people out to vote in 2008. In 2012, Texas Democrats will help reiterate President Barack Obama's message through the state's fastest growing minority group.
"We are very significant and we hope to turn Texas blue," Austin Delegate Vincent Harding said.
The DNC already recognizes the value of the Hispanic vote. San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro is set to deliver the keynote address at the convention Tuesday.
"We are the future of the party, but we're also the future of our country," Houston Mayor Annise Parker said.
Parker’s statement rings true in Texas' four largest cities, where the mayors are all Democrats. Parker said in those strongholds, enthusiasm for the President never waned.
"We're still excited about our presidential candidate, and there was a lot of work at the Republican convention showing people who Mitt Romney is, but we know who Barack Obama is, and we appreciate him, and we're going to send him back," Parker said.
Other Texans attending the DNC say they’ve come hungry to leave inspired.
"I'm just hoping to hear re-invigorated messages of hope, because I feel over the last four years, the enthusiasm, amidst not only Democratic voters, but just general population voters, has just diminished. I'm looking for that spark to relight the fire," Belton Alternate Delegate Daniel Lafave said.
It’s a movement Democrats say is more reflective of society as a whole. The Democratic National Convention officially gets underway Tuesday.