In 2012, Barack Obama won 41.38% of the vote in Texas. In the races for the Texas State House there were 16 Republican-held seats where he scored at least 40% of the vote. Of those 16, Democrats came up short in 6 of them and have given the Republicans a free ride to Austin.
What are those 6?
HD 54, Republican incumbent Jimmie Don Aycock
Obama managed to get nearly 46% (45.7) of the vote in this district.
HD 112, Republican incumbent Angie Chen Button
HD 114, Republican incumbent Jason Villalba
Obama scored 43.5% in both of these districts.
HD 45, Republican incumbent Jason Isaac
Obama scored 41.8% in this district.
HD 32, Republican incumbent Todd Hunter
Obama scored 41.1% in this district.
HD 96, Republican incumbent Bill Zedler
Obama scored 40.2% in this district.
Yes these are tough districts that are probably going to be tougher in a non-presidential year.
However, you can't just retreat every non-presidential election year. You think giving these Republicans a free ride now makes them any easier to defeat?
And is that really a long-term solution? Just challenge competitive districts in presidential years when turnout is better? And then retreat every non-presidential year?