Texas, the next blue state?

June 5, 2013 by admin in politics

texas voting map

Courtesy City-data.com

As Daily Kos founder laid out in a recent coloum on his site, the next liberal state in the United might be….Texas?

The GOP’s mid- to long-term problem, however, is that there’s not enough white people to offset the state’s explosive demographics”

Indeed, Texas does have a rapidly growing hispanic population who tends to, in great numbers, vote democratic. As the El Paso Times aptly points out:

“Enrollment data from the Texas Education Agency show that this school year Hispanic students reached 50.2 percent of Texas’ 4.9 million public school children, compared with nearly 49 percent last year.  Anglo students stopped being a majority several years ago and continue to decline in number.  Hispanic students in prekindergarten through high school now total 2,480,000 in Texas. The group is 90 percent of the student population in the El Paso region.”

When the writers of history books reflect on Mitt Romney’s bid for the Presidency, one indisputable fact will be obvious: During the last four decades, from Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan through the two Bush Presidencies, the Republican Party won the White House by amassing large margins among white voters. Nixon awakened this “silent majority”. Reagan later made this bloc of voters, many of whom were former Democrats, remain solidly in GOP control. Both Bushes won the Presidency by relying on broad support from Reagan Democrats. In that time, Republicans transformed the South from solidly Democratic to solidly Republican.

Romney won 70% of the “white vote” , though that still wasn’t enough to secure a victory at the ballot box. The white share of the electorate, which was eighty-seven per cent in 1992, has steadily declined by about three points in every Presidential election since then. At the present rate, by 2016, whites will make up less than seventy per cent of voters.

Watch: Al Sharpton discusses Texas’ transition to a “Blue state”