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Texas is seeing a staggering turnout for early voting this year. In fact, no election in history has seen so many early voters in the Lone Star State.

As The Texas Observer reports, the heavy early turnout could be good news for Democrats. Strategists have said it appears that Republicans are simply “not as enthusiastic” this year. Historically, heavy early voting numbers have been good news for the Republican Party in Texas.

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It seems pretty much anyone can run for president in the Centennial State these days.

When Denver Post columnist Steve Lipsher opened his Colorado voting ballot last week, he was astounded by the number of presidential candidates he saw there. Where he expected to see a handful of names, he found “an astounding 22 would-be Leaders of The Free World.”

Lone Star State Lighter Shade of Red This Election

Oct 27, 2016

Texas, home to two of the country’s most recent Republican presidents, George Bush and his son, George W. Bush, and one of the most conservative states in the country, is a toss-up in this year’s presidential election.

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Surrogates for both major presidential campaigns will appear in Colorado today as the race enters the homestretch, reports KUSA. GOP nominee Donald J. Trump has dispatched his son Donald Jr. to the Centennial State, while Bernie Sanders has been sent forth by the Clinton camp. Both will speak in Boulder on Monday night.

Washington Post

A new Washington Post poll lists Texas as a tossup state in the upcoming presidential election. According to the poll published Tuesday, Texas provided the most unexpected results of any state.

That’s because, as the Post noted, “The Lone Star State has been a conservative Republican bastion for the past four decades.”


In one influential county in Colorado, Donald Trump’s campaign is being run by a 12-year-old, CNN reports.

Weston Imer is coordinating volunteers and organizing the get-out-the-vote operation in Jefferson County. Imer says he hopes his experience would lead other young people to become engaged politically.

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Donald Trump paid a visit to Texas this week, causing some to wonder if the GOP might consider the state more in play than previously believed.

As The Austin American-Statesman reports, a recent poll showed Trump with only a 6-point lead over Hillary Clinton. Former Land Commissioner Garry Mauro said of the billionaire’s visit to the Lone Star State, “He saw the same poll I did.”

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Hillary Clinton’s campaign is scaling back its efforts in Colorado, according to Politico. The move comes as Democrats grow increasingly confident that the battleground state will go blue in November.

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Back in 1993, when Bill Clinton took office, the Oklahoma congressional delegation looked a lot different than it does today. The state’s roster of national office holders consisted of five Democrats and only three Republicans. What a difference a few years makes. By the time Clinton left the White House, there were no Democrats left in the delegation, reports News OK.

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In 1992 the Democratic Party nominated a Southern-drawling man from Hope, Arkansas, as it’s choice to become president. Almost a quarter century later, the party that will choose that man’s wife as its nominee is a different animal than it used to be. As Peter Nicholas reports for the Wall Street Journal, the Democratic Party of today is more liberal, better educated, less willing to compromise, and decidedly less white.

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Last week Senator Ted Cruz delivered a bombshell speech at the Republican National Convention, in which he refused to support Donald Trump, the party nominee. But, as ABC News reports, some of the harshest backlash came from members of Cruz’s own delegation in Texas. At the Texas delegation’s breakfast following his speech, Cruz was heckled by Texas delegates.

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A Federal appeals court has struck down Texas's voter identification law, reports Bloomberg. The Fifth Circuit court determined that the law is, in fact, discriminatory—as has been repeatedly charged by critics.

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Texas has, traditionally, been a powerhouse in national Conservative politics. The last Republican president hailed from the Lone Star State, as did the runner-up in this year’s GOP primary runner-up. But that status may be changing. For the first time in a long time, Texas voters failed to select the eventual winner of the primary season.

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There are few divides in the United States greater than that between rural and urban places, Colorado Public Radio recently noted.

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Every presidential election feels new, in one way or another. But this year feels altogether unprecedented in so many ways. KUT decided to compile a list of ways this election has been completely “off the map.” Here are just a few of their discoveries. For the complete list, click here.

In 2014, Jeb Bush announced his candidacy and put his family in line for an unprecedented third member in the White House.

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Some Lone Star lawmakers have more campaign cash on hand than the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for president of the United States, reports The Texas Tribune. Last week Donald Trump revealed that his campaign had just $1.3 million on hand to fund their election efforts. Meanwhile his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton reportedly has $42 million in the bank.

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With the advent of Donald Trump’s candidacy, Democrats grew excited that swing states might become solid blue wins for their party. But now, as Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric continues to cause consternation among elites in both parties, solidly red states like Texas may even be up for grabs. As reports, one pollster at the University of Texas thinks a Clinton win in the Lone Star State is a definite possibility.

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Texas is one of only nine states where you can still vote a straight ticket, notes The Texas Tribune. That means, voters in the Lone Star State are still able to go into the voting booth and select a single party, thus voting for each of that party’s candidates straight down the ballot. Straight-ticket voting generally benefits the party in power—in Texas’s case, the Republicans.

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With all the talk of third party candidates this year, the difficulty of such a proposition sometimes gets lost amid the noise. The Texas Tribune reported this week that a third party prospect would have to face almost impossibly high hurdles in the Lone Star State. The main obstacle: The deadline has already passed.

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If Donald Trump is elected president, how will it affect the energy industry? The presumptive Republican nominee has said he wants to relax the rules on oil and gas drilling. He would also encourage energy development and cancel the recent multinational agreement to fight climate change. In addition, he says he would revive the Keystone XL pipeline and restore lost jobs in the coal mining industry.

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Hillary Clinton has announced she thinks the Lone Star State could be in play this November for the Democrats, reports Politico. Her comments came in an interview with New York Magazine.

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Rural America loves Donald Trump, according to The Rural Blog. In fact, if November’s election were only held in rural America, the Donald would win the presidency by a landslide. The US has traditionally had a divide between the political views of rural and urban voters. Urban residents have traditionally skewed farther to the left than their counterparts in the countryside. But this year, the gap appears to be eve wider than usual.

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has a portentous new book out that tackles some of the biggest issues in America. Included a proposal for a convention of the states to change the U.S. Constitution. So, The Texas Tribune wondered, what’s the Texas exec up to? Abbott claims he’s not using the book as a springboard to position himself for higher office.

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A new study has found that people who back Ted Cruz for president seem less culturally anxious about immigration than those who back Trump. The PRRI / The Atlantic poll suggests the answer to that question is helping to shape the presidential race.

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Last week Arizona selected Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump as the state’s Democratic and Republican presidential candidates, respectively. But, as The Wall Street Journal notes, the will of the state’s largest voting bloc remains a mystery. That’s because voters registered as Independents aren’t allowed to participate in the state’s primary. And in Arizona, that’s a significant number of primary votes that will remain uncast.


The economic website Wallethub recently asked an interesting political question: How do the credit scores of Americans affect the candidate they will vote for? The site asked people who they plan to vote for, what their credit score is and even how they stand on controversial issues such as climate change. Some of the findings: 60% of John Kasich’s supporters have good credit, the highest of any candidate. 26% of Hillary Clinton supporters have bad credit, the most of anyone in the race.

In its recent presidential caucuses, Kansas chose Sen. Ted Cruz for the Republicans and Sen. Bernie Sanders for the Dems. In the wake of the caucuses, the Lawrence Journal-World gathered some interesting lessons on the political nature of the Sunflower State.

First, Kansas caucus-goers are not very moderate.

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The ballots for Texas’s primary contests have been set, reports The Texas Tribune. In many cases, the primary races are expected to be more competitive than November’s general election races. You can go here to find a list of all candidates in all races.

Cruz Campaign Marches into High Plains Region

Dec 18, 2015
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The presidential campaign of Texas GOP senator Ted Cruz has begun to stretch its tendrils into the High Plains region. CNN reports that the well-funded super PACs backing Cruz have begun a major push into Oklahoma and Kansas. This comes in addition to Cruz’s current strong operation in Texas.

Texas Gears Up for Primary Election

Dec 4, 2015
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While you’re making your holiday preparations, Texas political operatives are swinging into high gear. The primary elections may seem a long way off, but they’re really just around the corner, says The Texas Tribune. Early voting starts on Feb. 16 for the March 1st election.