As election day came to an end, it became evident that Donald Trump had won the electoral college votes necessary to become the presidential elect, and it surprised over half of the country’s population, as well as many people around the world. Donald Trump’s success in Texas did not surprise as many people as his overall country-wide success did, though.
As could have been expected, Donald Trump won the state’s 38 electoral college votes. What may be more surprising than the overall state numbers is the breakdown into a smaller county-sized scale.
Hillary Clinton pulled a fierce lead in four of Texas’s five largest counties, and this was the closest presidential race in the state since Dole beat Clinton (Bill, not Hillary) in 1996. Trump only won the state by approximately 9%, which is extremely low based on the makeup of the state and the general ideological makeup.
Also, it is important to note that Hillary lost the white vote in the state by significant amounts. The Democratic party has not been supporting middle class white voters as much as it should have, and it shows by how many votes she did not win, compared to her 84% of the black vote and 61% of the Hispanic vote statewide.
Trump won among Independents and Republicans, Hillary won 92% of the Democratic vote in the state. She also was more successful than he was among the younger voters, the opposite was true for older voters.
The Democrats are moving up in the state, with the margin between the Democratic and Republican candidates decreasing every year it is not unfeasible for a Democrat to win the state in the relatively near future.
Now, all there is left to do is make room for the wall.