Texas General Gubernatorial Elections rarely matter to the political system of Texas, and the Assembly often has more power than the governor of the nation, and the elections are often contested with Independent candidates. However, 2015 would be different. Young charismatic candidate Julian Castro was nominated by the People's Alliance and clearly had potential despite the Conservative lean of the nation. This potential was amplified when Gary Johnson split off from the conservative Christian Democratic Party to run as an Independent after J.C Watts was nominated. With a split in the right, Castro looked unstoppable. Even when Cornel West split off to run under the Labor Party banner, he still had a big lead against a split party. In the end, Castro won by a larger margin than expected despite the People's Alliance losing the Assembly.