March 9th, 2012
09:19 PM ET
HOUSTON (CNN) - President Obama spent his Friday night deep in the heart of Texas raising cash for his campaign but why spend time in a place where he doesn't have a chance of winning?
According to Mark Jones, chairman of the political science department at Rice University and a fellow at Baker's Institute for Public Policy , he won't actually be campaigning in Texas, just raising money.
"Texas is a wealthy state," Jones said. "There are a lot of wealthy democrats and pragmatic voters so it is a very good source of funds for the democratic party."
But does he have a chance at winning the state in a general election?
Not really, according to Jones. "If Texas comes into play, it's only because Obama would have won so many other states and it would turn into a Reagan-Mondale situation.' he said.
Obama lost the state to McCain in 2008 by 12 percentage points and a bloc of voters feel that the Obama administration's policies have been anti-Texas. His energy policy, which focuses on an increase in alternative fuels, doesn't always sit well in this major oil-producing state.
The president told the crowd at a fundraiser gathered at Minute Maid Park, that oil production in America is at the highest level in eight years but that other forms of energy will help Texas too.
"Rather than continue a hundred years of taxpayer subsidies to an industry that’s very, very profitable, let’s double down on our investments in clean energy industry," Mr. Obama said. "It’s never been more promising. That will create jobs in Texas -– solar power and wind power, biofuels."
"Some large groups feel like he's not looking out for the future of Texas," Rice said. "There is somewhat of an echo chamber of the Republicans' message that Obama is anti-Texas that resonates with the broader public."
But there is another group of Texans who fully support the president's policies. Almost 750 people were in attendance at the fundraiser at Union Station at Minute Maid Park where tickets started at $500. The second fundraiser of the evening was at the home of Tony Chase, CEO of Chasesource, a recruiting firm. Tickets for the second event were the maximum $35,800 for each of the 70 guests.
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