Texas auto dealers won't give in
The Texas Auto Dealers Association is a very well-funded and politically powerful group. Over the last couple of years, it has spent millions of dollars and lobbied aggressively to make sure Texas auto sales go through Texas dealers.
For example, in 2012 the Texas Auto Dealers spent more than $2.5 million on legislative elections in Texas and donated to sixty percent of the state lawmakers according to an article in Green Car Reports.
Add to that the fact auto dealerships are often the biggest generator of sales tax in many counties in the lone star state and you see why Texas lawmakers passed a law banning direct sales from automakers.
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Still, it would be considered political suicide to turn down the chance to land a major manufacturing plant that could have a huge impact on the state economy.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has a very strong hand in a high stakes game of Texas hold 'em where the auto dealers have, until now, been throwing down a full house.
Does Musk have the cards to win?
If he does, Tesla could finally get access sell cars directly in country's second largest auto market.
Second largest auto market in the U.S.
For the last few years Texans who wanted a Tesla had to buy it directly from Tesla's headquarters and then have the car delivered by a third party vendor.
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While the setup is far from convenient, it hasn't stopped Texas from becoming one of the top markets for Tesla sales.
If Texas were to drop the ban on direct auto sales, Tesla sales in the state would likely increase substantially.
It would also give Tesla a huge win in its on-going battles with state legislatures that have either banned or are considering bans on direct auto sales.
Not a bad pay off for investing a couple billion dollars and adding 6,500 jobs to the Texas economy.
—By CNBC's Phil LeBeau. Follow him on Twitter @LeBeauCarNews.
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