The state of Texas has been a very conservative state as a whole during recent years. Now, with the current race to see who the next United States President will be, there may be more to the state than purely Conservative-Republican ideals.
Most of the state of Texas is rural, but most votes come from the smaller urban areas, leaving a disproportionate number of votes given to these areas and their concerns. This leaves a lot of people from more rural areas feeling that their votes are less significant, or sometimes leaves their voices unheard.
There are many ideologies that voters may commonly have, in Texas, the three most prominent are classical liberalism, social conservatism, and populism.
As a whole, Texans are against increases in taxes, as well as increasing the role of government. This is a part of the state’s generally conservative nature.
Texas hasn’t always been a Republican-dominated state; in fact, the 1964 presidential election left the state blue with the majority of votes going to Lyndon B. Johnson.
Now that the history of Texas’s political culture is outlined a bit, it is time to look at where Texas is today.
Texas is a conservative state overall and there is not much doubt that any Republican candidate will win the state and its 38 electoral votes, but if any election is going to test party loyalties in Texas, it is surely this one.
During the presidential primaries, Senator Ted Cruz actually won the voters over with a surprising 43.8% of the votes for the party, Donald Trump only had 26.7% of the Republican votes.
Overall, there are plenty of people that now are fans of Trump, or that are planning on voting for him because of party ties or an anti-Hillary mindset.
In the presidential election between the two main party nominees, Trump is ahead of Clinton by 6 points or more in the polls.
Even with this relatively small lead that Trump has, many groups are refusing to endorse the Republican candidate.
Trump’s lead is actually so small that The Washington Post has deemed Texas a purple state, which is a foreign concept in the minds of most people who consider Texas to be extremely conservative.
Hillary Clinton and the DNC as a whole believe that they actually have a chance to win Texas, so the DNC is opening offices in the state to improve her chances. Trump is also investing a lot of time in the state to ensure that he secures Texas and to get more money through large fundraisers and publicity through large rallies (if he can get cities to accept him).
Hillary’s advertisements are mostly positive, claiming that we, as a country, are “stronger together.” The ads use a lot of the same clips of Trump, cursing or making some other rude remark, proving that he is the weaker candidate that will lead to more divisiveness.
Donald Trump doesn’t have quite as many of his own ads, but the ads associated with the republican party are all more anti-Hillary than pro-Trump. The ads are also mostly about Trump not wanting to outsource so many jobs, which is ironic since he takes advantage of the opportunities of foreign-made goods.
The Dallas Morning News, a local newspaper in Dallas, Texas, has endorsed a republican presidential candidate every election year since 1964, but this year they are refusing to endorse Trump. Better yet, they have decided to endorse Hillary Clinton, the first democrat they have ever supported.
This is an interesting situation, because it is not historically common for quite so many groups to publicly refuse to endorse a candidate from the party that they support, but this seems to be a trend in the 2016 election.
Texas is not doing reelections for the Senate this year, but they will have competition for all of the House seats (some more so than others). Surprisingly enough, the anti-Trump wave that Democrats are hoping will cause republicans to be voted out of congressional office is not expected to hit Texas significantly.
The primary issue in the state of Texas is revolving around firearms, which just so happens to be a major national issue as well.
UT Austin professors recently sued the state because of the new law that allows open carry of guns on campus. Many students are also outraged, which has led to the creation of the Cocks not Glocks protest that expresses the dissatisfaction with the fact that open carry is allowed, but objects such as sex toys are not allowed.
It will most definitely be interesting to see what the rest of the 2016 presidential race has in store for the state of Texas.