The power of 600,000 voters in Texas

By Alex Gonzalez

There is power in the few in Texas. In Texas, for the last three political cycles, all the races have been decided in the primaries when Republican voters select Republican candidates. While the turnout varies from a presidential election, gubernatorial and mid-term election, the gubernatorial and senatorial races in the March primaries in Texas will be decided by few voters in the Republican primaries, about 600,000.  As a result, the few 600,000 voters in the Republican primaries in Texas will decide the next Republican senator and governor.

While the 2012 primaries had a 1.4 million turnout—split into two or three candidates–for the Republican primaries, non-presidential election political cycles traditionally have a decrease of 20% voter turnout, including the primaries.    

As a result, anyone wanting to make real changes to the current political gridlock in Congress will have to vote in the Republican primaries for a candidate that is closer to their issues.   In a state that has 19 million of eligible voters, 4.4 million Latinos, 600,000 Texas voters have extraordinary power to shape policies in D.C.

And three-way race can make this 600,000 threshold even lower.    

I put the most current data of the primaries from the Texas Secretary of State in table to compare voter turnout, voter registration, and Counties with the highest turnout in 2012. The table below shows voter turnout since 2000 in Texas.

The table below shows the top 11 Texas counties with highest voter registration who tend to be active in the primaries.    

The graph below shows the counties with the highest turnout in 2012

Alex Gonzalez  is a political Analyst and Political Director for Latinos Ready To Vote!  He received a Bachelors Degree and a Masters’ Degree, with emphasis in American politics,  from San Francisco State University.
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