Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto


Victoria is Assistant Dean at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a contributor to MSNBC and Telemundo. Her areas of expertise in the domestic policy landscape include immigration, Latinos, women and childcare, and economic equity. more→


Victoria brings an interdisciplinary lens to understanding policy development and its intersection with institutional and political contexts. Underlying her academic work is the applicability of rigorous research to on-the-ground policy realities.

Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto
Dr. Victoria M. DeFrancesco Soto

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This post originally appeared on The Nation blog

It’s going to be a long hard slog. Mitt Romney won the Arizona and Michigan battles but he is far from winning the nomination war. The primary obstacle course will wind deep into the South, halting any of Romney’s momentum from his weak wins this week, as Ben Adler notes. The elections then enter the home stretch, beginning with Texas’s late May primary with 155 delegates. Here is where Romney could make his last stand and go down fighting.

There are four more months of primary elections and there are still 2,002 delegates up for grabs. To begin, Super Tuesday is not that super, with only 437 delegates at play. Delegate distribution will be interspersed throughout the contests, with the last month of the primary election season seeing 494 delegates in play. Almost one-third of these delegates will be from Texas, and Texans are not that sweet on Romney. According to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll, Romney is the choice of only 16 percent likely Texan voters, coming in third after Gingrich, who is at 18 percent, and Santorum, at 48 percent. Because of the number of delegates, the late date and Santorum’s overwhelming lead, the Lone Star state could be a game-changer. (more…)

Texas Governor Rick Perry is a Marlboro man—tough, rugged, and handsome.  Perry is a tobacco chewing, boot wearing, coyote shooting executive.  His image is of a Hollywood tough guy, much like Fred Thompson in 2008.  They both mosied into a Republican presidential field void of a law and order type and both had the Bostonian Mitt Romney in their crosshairs.

Both Thompson and Perry have political experience, but ultimately take the position as Washington outsiders that want to be the new sheriff in town.  Perry has taken up the mantel of party savior, as Thompson did four years earlier.  (more…)