Texas Big 6 Remain Electorate Heavyweights
The analysis covers only the Texas Big 6 counties. The Texas Big 6 are: Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, Travis, and El Paso. The analysis does not include data from the suburban, or exurban counties of the larger metropolitan areas.
The data was compiled from general election results, only, as provided by the offices of the county clerks and the Secretary of State.
The Texas Big 6 remain the massive political gravitational pull in the state. The gravity does not derive from the influence of individuals – that’s a different metric. The metric we are using to measure the gravitational strength originating from the urban areas of the state are pure vote totals.
As a percentage of the total votes cast in Texas in the 2012 general election 45.35% (3,625,464) were from the Texas Big 6. The 2008 percentage was slightly higher at 45.67% (3,688.789). Statewide, the vote totals were down 83,944 for 2012. The drop off for the Texas Big 6 was 63,325.
The Texas Big 6 as a percentage of the state’s population is 47% – very closely related to the 45.35% of the state electorate.
Total vote numbers and turnout percentages can only give a sketchy picture of party strength. A future study will give us more clues on whether the Republican Party is gaining or losing strength in the major urban areas.
What we can learn from this analysis is how unbalanced the power of the electorate is in favor of the urban counties. The conclusion has to be that the bulk of the grassroots political work has to be exerted in the urban areas.
In the urban counties, the general condition of the party is essentially uniform. You may discover a party infrastructure that is crumbling more than the roads, bridges, and power grid of the nation. The financial challenges of the urban county parties are well known and continue to be a major obstacle for the strengthening of the conservative movement. The obligatory party duties can be a handicap to party chairmen being able to focus on party growth, ground war organizing, and a well-developed communications program.
RagingElephants.org points the majority of its assets at the Texas Big 6 – the urban counties of the state. From our point of view, the key to conservatives being able to not only hold ground in the state, but make the urgent gains needed to ensure election victories well into the future, is to work with a greater weighting toward the Texas Big 6.
Every county in the state is important. We have said for several years that every county has to participate in the mission of growing the conservative voting base through racial diversity. It’s important that ever concerned conservative in the state understands the political power of the urban counties, and why there must be overbalanced work concentration toward the Texas Big 6.
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