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.