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Democratic Wave In Dallas Points To Reason Many Texas Anglos Stick With Republicans No Matter What

Democrats made strong gains in local races in Dallas County, Texas in Tuesday’s election. Dallas County is where Dallas the city is located. Also, Democrats ran surprisingly strong in Harris County, Texas. This is where Houston is located. Roughly one-in-four Texans lives in these two counties.

Dallas County Democrats were helped by the national trend. They were also aided by demographics. According to the Houston Chronicle, the increasing number of Hispanic voters were one of the reasons progress was made in Dallas County. The same may well be said of possible upcoming political shifts in Harris County.

These results indicate where Texas is headed. They also provide insight as to why Republicans continue to run strong in Texas as a whole. Right-leaning Anglos in Texas realize, given the demographics of Texas, that once they lose power it is not coming back. No normal give-and-take of political power between the parties can take place. It’s all or nothing.

Texas Democrats must navigate immigration issues without immigrant-bashing. The appalling anti-immigrant campaign of so-called Democrat Nick Lampson in Houston-area U.S. House District 22 was an example of the wrong way to go.

Texas is a multi-ethnic state in a border region. Its identity is shifting just as it has shifted many times before. Democrats need the courage and imagination to be on the right side of the shift.

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November 10, 2006 - Posted by | Houston, Immigration, Politics, Texas

4 Comments »

  1. There is also a lot of folks (mainly Mexican) who vote Democrat without even looking at who’s running. An example would be my dear mother who is as conservative Christian as you can get, yet because to Mexicans the Dems are seen as the party of the poor she went straight ticket.

    Comment by Lazaro | November 10, 2006

  2. Well…..Here you have a clear case of someone who should follow his mom’s example.

    Comment by neilaquino | November 11, 2006

  3. Follow an example based on generalization? Or follow an example based on not doing your research and knowing who you are casting your vote for?

    Neither of these seem like a good example to follow. I hate to break it to you but neither of our beloved parties are the ‘party of the poor.’

    Comment by Lazaro | November 11, 2006

  4. Nope. I don’t think Democrats always do a good job helping the poor. I just think you should follow your mom’s example at least as far as not voting for any Republicans. That would would make you a good and loyal son!

    Comment by neilaquino | November 13, 2006


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