If nothing else has driven home exactly how weird this election is, this should do it: RealClearPolitics has found that Texas is an electoral toss up. Texas, the blood-red, deeply conservative bastion of all things far right, is a statistical dead heat between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
According to The Hill:
The site previously classified the traditionally red state as leaning toward GOP nominee Donald Trump. But with the release of CBS tracking pollSunday showing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton down just 3 points in the Lone Star State.
The RCP average of polls showed Trump ahead of Clinton by 4.8 points on Sunday.
Texas has not voted for a Democratic candidate since 1980, and is second only to California in electoral vote power. Texas has 38 electoral votes to California’s 55, making the two states very influential in reaching the 270 votes that are needed to win the election.
To put that in perspective, Minnesota, Michigan, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming and Utah combined have 38 votes. The massive millennial generation has never seen this state vote for a Democratic President. However, looking at these polls, it looks like that is a distinct possibility.
Texas has done a lot over the years to keep their state voting red, from voter ID laws that were found to violate the Voting Rights Act, to their increasingly extreme gerrymandering over the years. However, this year, there are two rulings forcing them to draw their district lines based on population and allow every citizen to vote.
The polls show the GOP’s total control of Texas may just be fading, though it is far too early to declare it gone. The caveat here is that while it is supposedly easier for everyone eligible to actually vote now, unless they actually go out and cast their ballot none of this means anything.
Voter complacency is our enemy, more in this election than any before it because the stakes are so high. The Supreme Court, health care for millions of people, a woman’s right to choose, marriage equality, and the possibility of having roving deportation forces and camps scattered across the country are all on the line this year.
This Twilight Zone election year has become one of the most contentious and scandal-filled elections in recent memory. But it may also mark the turn of Texas from conservative stronghold to “Purple” swing state. That would be devastating to Republicans, but good for the country.
Texas is turning blue🎯🎯🎯🎯 pic.twitter.com/MV7SwQIv1o
— BNKR0LL (@Bnkr0ll) September 6, 2016