Breaking Down the Election on WFAA
The way some of the down-ballot races in Texas played out this past week put a fine point on just how powerful a wave the GOP was riding heading into Tuesday’s election.
Not only did Republicans sweep every statewide race, which was expected, but their margin of victory was way higher than even the party’s leadership expected. Right before the vote, Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri had said he wouldn’t be surprised to see Attorney General Greg Abbott beat Sen. Wendy Davis in the race for governor by as little as 6 points. Abbott won by 20.
That victory coupled with the strength of straight-ticket voting helped some Republican candidates in races their party had either written off or were publicly admitting were probably out of reach. Those included two urban Latino Texas House seats and a Latino Democrat lost to an African-American Republican in a Congressional race on the Texas-Mexico border.
I spoke with Jason Whitely of WFAA Television about all this and more on his show in Dallas/Fort Worth, “Inside Texas Politics.”
Later in the show, the Star-Telegram’s Bud Kennedy joined us to talk about Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick, both Republicans, carrying the vote of Hispanic men. We also got into the question of whether the establishment or the Tea Party will be in charge in Texas come 2015: