Texas is key in Clinton’s quest for the Democratic presidential nomination, as a strong win here – in a state where she has deep roots – would boost her delegate count and help quell momentum behind the Vermont senator. “Something really special is happening here, and I’m so proud and grateful to be back here,” she told a crowd of roughly 2,000 supporters at Texas Southern University. Clinton has maintained a large lead over Sanders in Texas polls, recently topping him by 23 percentage points in a survey conducted Feb. 14-16 by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling. The former secretary of state demonstrated wide appeal among Hispanic voters eight years ago, winning 66 percent of the Latino vote in Texas’ Democratic primary, according to the Pew Research Center. “Hillary Clinton has been fighting for the African-American community and every community throughout her entire political career,” Ellis said. Among the audience Saturday was Karen Lucario, a 26-year-old elementary school teacher who said she plans to vote early for Clinton on Sunday. You don’t see any Hillary signs in yards, but when I go talk to people, I’ll say, ‘Hey, don’t forget to vote in the presidential.’ […] in my area, pretty much people overwhelmingly are voting for Hillary, Wu said.