Early Voting in Texas Tells An Interesting Story

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This fantastic image courtesy of Mother Jones

Today, Dallas News posted this attention-grabbing headline:

Texas Democrats’ early voting totals should ‘shock every conservative to their core,’ Abbott email says

We recently wrote about why Texas’ voter turnout is so low and what can be done about it. Increasing the turnout of Democratic voters in Texas can have a more outsize effect than with almost any other state.

But can that really happen? I mean, Texas is deep red, right? Well, look at this map from Gallup:

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Gallup asks people to identify which party they belong to and then shades the states according to how much one party is represented over the other. The states in gray are considered competitive because each party is represented nearly equally (5% difference or less.) Everyone says Texas is red, but … the map doesn’t reflect that.

If there is a year where there could be a big change in Texas, it sure looks like 2018 might be that year.

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