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In Galveston,Texas, On The Sunny Shores Of The Gulf Of Mexico, Democrats Win Everytime—So Far

Democrats have held on to power in Galveston County, Texas. The people of Galveston, living on the sunny shores of the Gulf of Mexico, have been Democrats for a long time.

The Texas Democratic State Convention of 1860 was held in Galveston. The platform of the convention asserted the right of Texas to secede from the union. Not long after, Galveston secessionists convened a meeting to organize themselves.

Many years later, Southern states, counties and cities switched to the Republicans when Democrats embraced Civil Rights. However, in Galveston County, Democrats have so far won no matter what.

A concern has been that an ongoing influx of wealthier home owners will move Galveston County towards the Republicans. That may still happen— But it did not happen in 2006.

Galveston is still a place where people put yard signs on their lawns and feel they know the candidates. Let’s hope Galveston can stay on the right side of the aisle even as more high-rise condominiums and expensive beach homes are built.

November 13, 2006 - Posted by | Galveston, Politics, Texas


  1. “Many years later, Southern states, counties and cities switched to the Republicans when Democrats embraced Civil Rights.”

    Actually, it was because hundreds of thousands of Republicans started moving to Texas from the north and the northeast over the past 40 years.
    The Republicans already embraced civil rights and put them into action far longer than Democrats ever did. Lincoln was a Republican.

    Comment by Joe | November 15, 2006

  2. I think many former working-class Democrats switched parties as they moved South.

    Both Republicans and Democrats had terrible Civil Rights’ records from the time of Jim Crow up until LBJ.

    Comment by neilaquino | November 15, 2006

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