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As Wendy Davis struggles, MSNBC brings in the cavalry

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As if on cue, MSNBC rode to Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis' rescue following news that the Democratic Governors Association was pessimistic about her chances to win.

Host Chris Jansing invited her guest, Marie Claire features editor Lea Goldman, to discuss Davis' campaign in a glowing light, specifically Davis’ deputy campaign manager.

“[The] deputy campaign manager for Wendy Davis is a young woman named Terrysa Guerra, she's 32, she’s a spitfire in cowboy boots, she is a rock star in Democratic Texas politics,” Goldman said. “She has a lot of victory notches under her belt including Wendy Davis’ state Senate race, which was hotly contested, nobody figured [Davis] would be a win there and [Guerra] pocketed that one and she is one to watch.”

Get that? Forget that Davis is trailing her opponent Greg Abbott by double digits, her campaign staff is great. Hooray! Victory incoming!

Jansing then turned the discussion toward Battleground Texas, a group working to put Texas in play for Democrats. Jansing displayed a graphic showing the group as having more than "12,000 volunteers" and having raised "almost $3 million" from "more than 8,000 donors."

Wow, that sounds impressive. Well, except when you remember the population of Texas is about 26.4 million, according to the Census Bureau's 2013 estimate. So 12,000 volunteers account for 0.05 percent of the Texas population. Good luck, guys!

To her credit, Jansing painstakingly admitted that the "polls have not been great lately" for Davis, but then quickly turned the conversation back to what turning Texas blue would mean for Democrats' future presidential prospects.

It’s as if a blue Texas is inevitable – or maybe MSNBC is just hoping really, really hard.

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