Analysis: Change in the Voter Mix Ahead for Republicans

The potential of the state’s growing Hispanic population to change the political equation typically dominates the conversation in Texas.

But another issue looms almost as large for a Republican Party trying to maintain its statewide control: On social issues, young people are more liberal than the aging Texans they are replacing in the voting booths.

For Republicans, older Texans remain a crucial part of the party’s majority, though you would not know it from most political conversations. Those older voters, most of whom are Anglo and conservative, make up a majority at the polls, even though they no longer make ...

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