Texas' Shift From Blue to Red Informs 2014 Races

With a ticket led by Wendy Davis, the filibustering state senator from Fort Worth, Texas Democrats are hoping to break a political drought that has lasted since 1998, the last time a member of their party held statewide office.

Republicans know how they feel. Despite Texas’ deep red reputation, it was not long ago that the situation was reversed, with Democrats dominating Texas politics while Republicans were widely viewed as permanent also-rans. That changed in 1961, when a political science professor from Wichita Falls defied conventional wisdom and was elected to the U.S. Senate, the first Texas Republican to ...

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