Pete Buttigieg brings campaign to HoustonOf the top contenders for the White House, Pete Buttigieg has had perhaps the smallest campaign operation in Texas. While other campaigns have been opening offices, hiring staff, and visiting Texas regularly, Buttigieg drilled down on other early voting states in need of a breakthrough in Iowa or New Hampshire to get his campaign rolling. And polling has shown it’s starting to work as he has vaulted into the lead in some early polls in Iowa. While the former South Bend Indiana Mayor still hasn’t invested a ton of resources in the Lone Star State, he kicked off a 3-day run through Texas on Monday night with a fundraiser in Houston. The 37-year-old Democrat told several dozen people at a private home in The Heights that he sees Texas as critical to the presidential primary. “It’s never been more important for us to be organizing our friends and allies here knowing that the race is unpredictable,” he said. Texas Take: Get political headlines from across the state sent directly to your inbox With just 43 days until early voting, Buttigieg told the crowd the nation needs the next president to be a unifier and warned that whoever it is will possibly face and even more divided nation. “We’re going to need a president that prioritizes unifying the American people and bringing us together,” Buttigieg said. Besides serving two terms as a mayor, Buttigieg is a former intelligence officer in the Navy Reserve and was a formerly a consultant for McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm based in New York City. Buttigieg has presented himself as a centrist compared to other more progressive candidates in the field. He has opposed Medicare for All...