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Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:51 AM

Demographic tides may turn Texas purple or blue

WASHINGTON - In the aftermath of President Barack Obama's re-election victory - fueled by massive turnout among Latinos, African-Americans and other minorities - Texas Democrats began to dream that the nation's demographic tidal wave would eventually hit Texas.

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro predicted that the reliably "red" Lone Star State is well on its way to "purple" swing state status.

The state's rising Democratic superstar isn't the only politician to speculate on the future political impact of the burgeoning Mexican-American, African-American and Asian-American population in Texas, which accounted for 88 percent of the state's 4.3 million population increase.

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If current demographic trends continue, Democrats would whittle about 5 ˝ percentage points off the 15.8-point margin of victory won by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in 2012 in every subsequent presidential cycle. That would transform Texas - the center of Republican resistance to Obama's agenda - into a competitive state at the presidential level by 2020 and a toss-up state four years later.

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http://www.chron.com/news/article/Demographic-tides-may-turn-Texas-purple-or-blue-4026956.php

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Tony_FLADEM Nov 2012 OP
xxqqqzme Nov 2012 #1
chillfactor Nov 2012 #3
UtahLib Nov 2012 #2
Skittles Nov 2012 #6
TexasTowelie Nov 2012 #4
cyclezealot Nov 2012 #5
cui bono Nov 2012 #9
cyclezealot Nov 2012 #11
NoPasaran Nov 2012 #12
tblue Nov 2012 #7
cui bono Nov 2012 #8
NoPasaran Nov 2012 #10

Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:55 AM

1. Maybe then tom delay's

ass will get thrown in jail.

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Response to xxqqqzme (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:11 AM

3. and it would be about time.....

DeLay..the perfect louse in a hateful. manipulating, obstructionist party may he descend into hell....

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 02:58 AM

2. Could explain why so many Texas wingnuts are screaming for secession. nt

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Response to UtahLib (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:34 AM

6. because they think they could make it on their own

they are dumber than fenceposts

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:16 AM

4. After this last race, I'll settle for a shade of magenta.

There were no Democrats running in any of the county races where I voted.

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 03:21 AM

5. Texas having more counties in Extreme Poverty

than any other state portends for their future.. Rick Perry's economic model has brought a huge number of low wage jobs..
. Without benefits.. that does not bode well for Republicanism. What idiot living on minimum wage would vote Republican.

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Response to cyclezealot (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:37 AM

9. Obviously a ton of minimum wage workers voted for Romney.

He can't get that percentage without people voting against their own economic interests.

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Response to cui bono (Reply #9)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 10:56 AM

11. Low wage jobs more and more are attracting

Minority workers. that trend continues, it will change the face of Texas.

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Response to cyclezealot (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:15 PM

12. Now, to be fair

Texas has a lot of counties. Two hundred and fifty-four to be exact. So it's not surprising that we'd have a bunch of very poor ones, especially since poor people are treated like dirt.

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:16 AM

7. I love all these posts here

Seriously. I so adore all you witty, wise and wonderful people here in DU! I read what you post and think, "Yep. True. Well said. That's how I see it." Kudos, y'all!

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Response to Tony_FLADEM (Original post)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 04:36 AM

8. It's only a matter of time...


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Response to cui bono (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 12, 2012, 08:32 AM

10. I wouldn't hold my breath

Maybe in a hundred years, give or take.

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