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Wendy Davis: 'Texas is not really a red state'
The Washington Examiner ^ | February 14, 2014 | Ashe Schow

Posted on 02/15/2014 9:29:46 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Wendy Davis told the Austin American-Statesman newspaper on Wednesday that “Texas is not really a red state, it's just a non-voting state.”

Sure Wendy, sure.

Well, she is right about Texas being a non-voting state. Texas is one of the worst performers when it comes to voter turnout. In 2010, just 36.4 percent of registered voters actually voted, making it the worst state for turnout. In 2012, Texas ranked 48th in voter turnout, according to a report from the University of Texas at Austin.

In fact, Texas has had lower voter turnout rates than the national average since 1972.

But does that also mean the state isn’t red?

Maybe. Around 1980 – eight years after Texas’ turnout rate dropped below the national average – Texas became a pretty deep red.

Since 1979, two out of the state's five governors have been Democrats. But before 1979, all but five of the governors were Democrats – although Democrats of yore are not the Democrats of today. (Also there was one member of the Unionist party and one independent governor.)

Most governors only served one term, except for long-term Gov. Rick Perry, who’s been in charge of the state since 2000 and is relinquishing control rather than running for a fourth term. (Texas has no gubernatorial term limits.)

Presidential elections are a different story. Texas has voted for the Republican presidential candidate in every election since 1980. And other than the Clinton elections, Republicans won by no small majority.

President George W. Bush, who served as Texas' governor, won the state in 2004 with 61 percent of the vote, compared to then-Sen. John Kerry’s 38 percent.

Mitt Romney won the state in 2012 with 57 percent of the vote, compared to President Obama’s 41 percent.

So while Texas may be a “non-voting” state, it’s a stretch to say that it's not a red state.


TOPICS: Texas; Campaign News; Issues; Parties
KEYWORDS: 2014election; 2016election; abortion; abortionbarbie; deathpanels; democrats; dnctalkingpoints; election2014; election2016; lowinformationvoters; obamacare; redstatememe; texas; wendydavis; wendydavisquotes; zerocare

1 posted on 02/15/2014 9:29:46 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Politicians, Texans just aren’t that much into you.


2 posted on 02/15/2014 9:31:37 AM PST by 3Fingas (Sons and Daughters for Freedom and Rededication to the Principles of the U.S. Constitution)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

That’s right because RED is the color of Socialist revolutionaries.

The naming of states by color ONLY began after the MSM (in collusion with the DNC?) changed the color conventions.

TRUE BLUE had previously been the color of GOP victories.

FUAB


3 posted on 02/15/2014 9:31:52 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Wendy, you’re about to be crushed, losing by perhaps as much as 16%. Texas will reject your baby murdering, flip-flopping, resume-lying, campaign and send you spiraling back into obscurity.


4 posted on 02/15/2014 9:32:00 AM PST by Viennacon
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Delusional


5 posted on 02/15/2014 9:33:02 AM PST by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think Windy means it’s not a hammer and sickle Red state.


6 posted on 02/15/2014 9:34:31 AM PST by FlingWingFlyer (As government expands, liberty contracts. - President Ronald W. Reagan)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Most governors only served one term, except for long-term Gov. Rick Perry, who’s been in charge of the state since 2000 and is relinquishing control rather than running for a fourth term. (Texas has no gubernatorial term limits.)...

President George W. Bush, who served as Texas' governor, won the state in 2004 with 61 percent of the vote, compared to then-Sen. John Kerry’s 38 percent.

Bush won two terms. He didn't serve out his second term.

7 posted on 02/15/2014 9:35:06 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: darkwing104
Better link


8 posted on 02/15/2014 9:35:20 AM PST by darkwing104 (Forgive but don't forget)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The primary turnout in the last off-year election, 2010, was 16.5% of registered voters - and that was the highest since 1990. Only a tiny fraction of us will decide who our candidates will be. Turnout is key. Make sure you show up.
9 posted on 02/15/2014 9:36:04 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor)
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To: darkwing104
said the not really real blond...

10 posted on 02/15/2014 9:39:09 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Viennacon

Wendy Davis stands a better shot at winning more voted for the office than Houston’s two Democrat mayors did (they didn’t have statewide name recognition):

2006
Perry carried 209 out of 254 counties, while Bell carried 39 and Strayhorn carried 6 counties.

Chris Bell was the lame duck congressman who level an ethics charge against Tom DeLay when the racist Bell lost his seat to a black Democrat due to redistricting.


2002

Republican Rick Perry 1,716,803 39.03 -18.78
Democratic Chris Bell 1,310,353 29.79 -10.17
Independent Carole Keeton Strayhorn 797,577 18.13
Independent Richard “Kinky” Friedman 546,869 12.43
Libertarian James Werner 26,748 0.61 -0.86
Independent James “Patriot” Dillon 718 0.02
Majority 406,450 9.24
Turnout 4,399,068

Kinky siphoned votes from Rick Perry (not that he needed them to win). A bunch of Democrats and former Democrats and undisclosed Democrats all running for the same office in a partisan race (Kinky is running as a Democrat for Ag Commish this year). Perry himself is a former Dem.


2010
Republican Rick Perry (Incumbent) 2,733,784 54.97 +15.95
Democratic Bill White 2,102,606 42.28 +12.50
Libertarian Kathie Glass 109,057 2.19
Green Deb Shafto 19,475 0.39
Independent Andy Barron (Write-In) 7,973 0.16


11 posted on 02/15/2014 9:44:26 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

And I was in error, Chris Bell didn’t win mayor (he ran for it). He lost mayor, Congress, and the governor’s elections.

3 time loser and career politician.


12 posted on 02/15/2014 9:45:12 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: Chode

Liberals in Austin have wet dreams about turning Texas into a Democrat run state.

Ask them if they plan to add an income tax if they do win.


13 posted on 02/15/2014 9:46:35 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: a fool in paradise

That 02 race had some really big independent numbers.


14 posted on 02/15/2014 9:49:20 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

15 posted on 02/15/2014 9:49:54 AM PST by Oratam
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To: nascarnation

Cindy Strayhorn was a former Dem, Kinky was an undisclosed Dem, etc.

Some “independence”.

The illusion of choice.


16 posted on 02/15/2014 9:50:38 AM PST by a fool in paradise ("Health care is too important to be left to the government.")
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To: darkwing104

I don’t fix em I just drive em.....


17 posted on 02/15/2014 9:52:39 AM PST by shankbear (The tree of Liberty appears to be perishing because there are few patriots willing to refresh it.)
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To: Oratam

Interesting pic, a bit less Photoshopped than a lot I’ve seen.
She looks more like 50 yrs old and less like Miss America.


18 posted on 02/15/2014 9:53:07 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I think that you will find that the more solid a state is (Democrat or Republican), the lower the voter turn out will be. Its the close states that get the higher turn out.


19 posted on 02/15/2014 10:03:30 AM PST by fhayek
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To: Oratam

Uh, GUILTY!


20 posted on 02/15/2014 10:04:12 AM PST by fhayek
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To: a fool in paradise

Right on !


21 posted on 02/15/2014 10:13:15 AM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: a fool in paradise
prolly won't even lie, they're brazen enough to say yes...
22 posted on 02/15/2014 10:16:04 AM PST by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Lil’ bleached blonde Obama redux.


23 posted on 02/15/2014 10:18:37 AM PST by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

It’s about GOTV. The lefties need the polls to be open fpr weeks so they can drive every nit-wit in the district to the polls and tell them who to vote for.


24 posted on 02/15/2014 10:23:05 AM PST by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

‘Texas is not really a red state’

And you really are a candidate.


25 posted on 02/15/2014 10:24:37 AM PST by struggle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I’ll bet ‘ole Wendy has more time in the abortion stirrups than a cowhand on a Texas cattle drive.


26 posted on 02/15/2014 10:26:37 AM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Fido969

They all have at least one van or bus.

27 posted on 02/15/2014 10:28:52 AM PST by 2ndDivisionVet (I will raise $2M for Sarah Palin's next run, what will you do?)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

And Wendy Davis is not really a candidate. She is an agent for transformative causes-much like a certain Kenyan.


28 posted on 02/15/2014 10:33:01 AM PST by tanuki (Left-wing Revolution: show biz for boring people.)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; cardinal4; ColdOne; ...

No, merely the majority.

Thanks 2ndDivisionVet.


29 posted on 02/15/2014 10:54:14 AM PST by SunkenCiv (http://www.freerepublic.com/~mestamachine/)
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To: SunkenCiv

I’ve never been to Austin, but I hear it’s quite a liberal city. That probably skews one’s perspective of the rest of the state.


30 posted on 02/15/2014 11:03:48 AM PST by Berosus (I wish I had as much faith in God as liberals have in government.)
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To: Viennacon

When I went to the Reagan Library over Christmas, the voting map results had the states he won in blue and the ones Carter won in red.

A more accurate color scheme since Reagan is the man that initiated the downfall of the Soviet Union. And the liberals have been creating their version of their socialist utopia here ever since.


31 posted on 02/15/2014 11:18:15 AM PST by yorkiemom
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
In fact, Texas has had lower voter turnout rates than the national average since 1972.

Back when Texas was democrat-controlled it was much easier to fumble the vote in their direction. Now, we are on to them. That's why they are screaming bloody murder over Voter ID.

So, when they know people are watching not so many turn up. Lower numbers are not a bad thing as long as the vote is clean and we win.

32 posted on 02/15/2014 11:34:59 AM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The Wiki on this is actually very good and discusses in some detail how red was always used as an indicator of Euro Lefties. Until 2000. To think the US MSM didn’t collude to change that association is utter blindness to truth. I refer to them as “conservative” versus “stupid” states. I live in one that’s halfway.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_states_and_blue_states


33 posted on 02/15/2014 11:34:59 AM PST by kpbruinfan ("Time, if nothing else, will do its worst so do me a favor and tell me the good news first." - Peart)
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To: yorkiemom
When I went to the Reagan Library over Christmas, the voting map results had the states he won in blue and the ones Carter won in red.

After the 1984 election the media got together and decided that THEY wanted to have the color that made Reagan the winner, so they switched colors on us.

34 posted on 02/15/2014 11:37:18 AM PST by Slyfox (We want our pre-existing HEALTH INSURANCE back!)
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To: Fido969

The lefties need the polls to be open fpr weeks

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Well it’s not weeks but they are open for in person early voting from Feb. 18 thru Feb. 28.
Heck on Sunday some churches make it an event for the congregation to go to the polls
after church and vote.


35 posted on 02/15/2014 11:47:45 AM PST by deport
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To: a fool in paradise

Yep, I believe it happened after the 1984 Reagan landslide. I remember David Brinkley saying it (electoral map) “looks like a suburban swimming pool”


36 posted on 02/15/2014 12:04:27 PM PST by bjorn14 (Woe to those who call good evil and evil good. Isaiah 5:20)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Texas is one of the worst performers when it comes to voter turnout. In 2010, just 36.4 percent of registered voters actually voted, making it the worst state for turnout. In 2012, Texas ranked 48th in voter turnout, according to a report from the University of Texas at Austin.

This is GREAT NEWS when you're trying to oust a RINO like John Cornyn in a Primary. We need a low voter turnout in the March 4th Primary. We don't need uninformed voters, who only vote on name recognition, showing up to vote for John Cornyn simply because they are familiar with is name. Let the die-hards, the people who keep up with what's going on in this nation, be the ones to make the choice.
37 posted on 02/16/2014 5:28:04 AM PST by Din Maker
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Were Wendy’s sneakers made from fetal tissue?


38 posted on 02/25/2014 12:23:28 AM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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