A Deal with the Devil in Texas

( – promoted by buhdydharma )

I knew the race last night in Texas was going to be close, and I was watching the returns like any other political junkie when I noticed something odd. There is a dude north of San Antonio by the name of Gene Kelly. No, not the dancer, but people vote for him like he is. He is the ultimate glory candidate, never campaigns and usually does well enough to force costly run offs, just ask Barbara Ann Radnofsky. He cost her six figures in funds before she could face off in the general.

While it is his right to run, after that last debacle, and Gene Kelly’s other fiasco runs, Democrats in Texas knew better to vote for him. It’s a vote for Republicans. Anywho, we had a nice battle between Noriega and McMurrary on tap as well. So when I saw the spikes in Kelly, I started to notice a trend.

Let’s take a look, and see what you decide.

We will be using this as our rule to see who to look into:

http://uselectionatlas.org/RES…

To be viewed, the Texas County must have voted above 75% for Bush/Cheney in 2004.

From that list, we will be viewing how they voted last night, using the Houston Chronicle’s results:

http://www.chron.com/apps/Elec…

So, let’s take a look, shall we?

Andrews County, 2004

Kerry 14.9% 677

Bush 84.6% 3,837

Last Night:

Hillary Clinton

674 53.8%

Barack Obama

448 35.8%

John McCain

480 48.8%

Mike Huckabee

446 45.4%

Archer County

Kerry 19.7% 878

Bush 79.9% 3,556

Last Night:

Hillary Clinton

785 68.8%

Barack Obama

295 25.9%  

John McCain

742 57.6%

Mike Huckabee

457 35.5%

Armstrong County – THIS IS REPUBLICA!!!!

This county will vote Democrat over their cold dead bodies, moving on.

Austin County

Kerry 24.1% 2,582

Bush 75.4% 8,072

Last Night:

Hillary Clinton

1,746 58.4%

Barack Obama

1,218 40.7%

John McCain

1,412 48.2%

Mike Huckabee

1,165 39.8%

Bailey County

Kerry 21.8% 525

Bush 78.0% 1,882

Last Night:

Hillary Clinton

306 60.4%

Barack Obama

175 34.5%

John McCain

375 55.1%

Mike Huckabee

266 39.1%

Bandera County

Kerry 19.9% 1,738

Bush 79.3% 6,933

Last Night:

Hillary Clinton

954 54.0%

Barack Obama

783 44.3%

John McCain

2,312 56.8%

Mike Huckabee

1,155 28.4%


Borden County

Kerry 15.3% 55

Bush 84.4% 303

Last Night:

Hillary Clinton

93 66.9%

Barack Obama

32 23.0%

John McCain

0 0%

Mike Huckabee

0 0%

Yes, ZERO. In a county that went 82% Bush in 2004!


Bosque County

Kerry 23.9% 1,815

Bush 75.6% 5,737

Last Night:

Hillary Clinton

1,896 61.3%

Barack Obama

943 30.5%

John McCain

740 51.5%

Mike Huckabee

597 41.5%

Brown County

Kerry 17.7% 2,523

Bush 81.7% 11,640

Last night:

Hillary Clinton

1,717 65.8%

Barack Obama

803 30.8%

John McCain

2,860 55.2%

Mike Huckabee

1,902 36.7%

Carson County

Kerry 16.5% 485

Bush 83.2% 2,450

Last Night:

Hillary Clinton

399 69.5%

Barack Obama

148 25.8%

Coke County

Kerry 16.5% 266

Bush 83.1% 1,338

Last Night:

Hillary Clinton

405 53.4%

Barack Obama

226 29.8%  

John McCain

65 48.1%

Mike Huckabee

57 42.2%

Okay, we’re gonna stop at Coke, you can see the trend here. Any county that has long trended heavily Republican suddenly, and magically, went for Hillary last night. There are many counties where no Republican primary votes were even casted, instead the entire population went Democratic, and always for Hillary.

As a control, let’s see how a few voted where Kerry wasn’t slaughered in 2004:

Dallas County

Kerry 49.0% 336,641

Bush 50.3% 346,246

Last Night:

Hillary Clinton

113,361 38.1%

Barack Obama

182,369 61.3%

John McCain

47,213 51.3%

Mike Huckabee

36,487 39.7%

Jefferson County:

Kerry 51.2% 47,066

Bush 48.4% 44,423

Hillary Clinton

17,242 40.4%

Barack Obama

24,721 57.9%

John McCain

4,060 53.1%

Mike Huckabee

2,771 36.2%

Now, Texas is an open primary, so people can do whatever they want. While far be it for me to tell Republicans not to start voting Democratic, at least show some restraint in the Democratic Senator race. In all these formerly Republican stronghold that are now Hillary Country, Gene Kelly almost always carry the day over both McMurrary and Noriega.

Of course, it’s also hard to have entire counties vote one way, as is the case with several, including lovable Throckmorton County. So I gonna venture 3 possibilities:

1) Texas wingnuts still listen to Rush and does what he says. Out in the backwoods of Texas, talk radio is still the primary news source. If you note, a lot of the counties that went heavily for Hillary after being Bush Country are what can best be described as rural. I am sure there are more creative names. So they went in the open primary, and voted Hillary like a good Dittohead. Then they couldn’t resist pulling the level for Kelly as well.

2) The backwoods are still in the control of boxes and travelers. This use to be how all of Texas was ran. A good reading of any of the LBJ books by Caro will properly describe this era where backrooms and old legacies still controlled huge blocks of votes. While the machine died a little in the 70s during the Republican Transformation of Texas, it appears as if in some places that time forgot the Old Order is still in charge and can deliver just like the good ol’ days. Which leads to:

2a) The Old Order decided that McCain versus Hillary looks better than McCain versus Obama.

2b) The Old Order made a deal, and someone made a deal with these Devils.

3) Across Texas, decades of voting Republican were tossed aside as Texas turned blue and decided even though they have despised her for years, rural conservatives are now flocking to Hillary Clinton. Hey, it’s Texas, weirder things have happened.

You might also say, but PT, what about the valley? That was Democratic in 2004, and it went heavily Hillary? Answer to that lies in a playful mixture of point 2 followed by a look into the electoral history of primaries in the valley, especially Hidalgo and Duval counties.

I still am not sure exactly what happened, though I do plan on asking around. But even if the Old Order tells me, I won’t share, you will have to decide for yourselves why these reddest parts of Texas suddenly found it in their hearts to start voting Democratic. And why they all decided to vote Hillary, and Kelly.

And on a lighter note, at least you don’t have to put this county down every time you vote:

http://www.chron.com/apps/Elec…

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    • pico on March 5, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    although another thing to consider is vote totals: the combined Democratic primary votes aren’t too different from what Kerry pulled in the general, and while generals tend to pull more voters out than primaries, there’s no doubt that this particular primary has energized Democratic voters and left Republican voters pretty cold.  Democrats have been breaking primary voter turnout records all over the country.  Add to that McCain’s (real) inevitability, and there was ample reason for Republicans to stay home.

    I’m not sure if that alone would bring in the numbers you see, but it might be a significant part of the equation, too.  It’d be interesting to compare this to another state where Republicans weren’t urged to vote for Clinton, just to see if the numbers are similar or drastically different.

  1. “We Had Over 800 Emails From Republicans Who Voted For Hillary To Keep The Democrats Fighting.”

    Ah, the joys of an open primary.

  2. scenarios you listed is the fact that the wingnuts can see that there days are numbered and they don’t rabidly love mcCain, and feel that Obama is surely a Muslim terrist supporting commie type voted for HRC as she is closer to the Republican end of the spectrum?  

    Nah! Maybe they like the fear she generates? My son a Bush lover actually likes Hillary, his idiotic reason: She doesn’t take shit from anyone. He also is a great admirer of Condi go figure. In actuality I bet it’s a combo of all the above, with a little weird racism thrown in to boot.  

    • Pluto on March 5, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    1. Your control was a presendential runoff and not the primary results for Bush and Kerry. Apples and oranges.

    2. Bush is a homey. And, he was the Governor of Texas. Texans are very loyal to locals.

  3. with an old buddy of mine that Hillary would be out within a week of the Texas and Ohio primaries.

    Although not in my clearest head at the time, I based my wager on seemingly well founded assumptions about Obama’s historical strength against Clinton in red leaning states, as well as polling trends (i.e. hockey sticks) eerily similar to previous primaries where Obama had blown out Clinton by 20+ points.

    It was only when I woke up the next morning with a splitting headache that I had my moment of clarity – and realized the two states’ electoral systems I was staking a nice dinner on were those of Texas and Ohio.

    Then I wanted to throw up.

  4. Second – deals with the devil seem to also be happening in Washington DC:

    Now don’t yawn when I say I learned from a source I can’t reveal – because you all know I have always been straight with you – even that Armenian Cosmetic Doctor caper was true – and by the way I had a right to be scared – turns out he came here from ODESSA when he was a child – anyway back to what I heard

    from someone inside the small ring of hillary’s major donors- there is a deal being worked out as we sit here that like this

    She gets the nomination. Obama is running mate. She pre-agress to hand over the reigns after her first term.

       

  5. Texans that much we know. democrats? i don’t know , The breakout here seems reasonable and I a anti Texan (they killed Kennedy and gave us LBJ and Bush) do not believe for a moment that this is just simple regular politics. Dark and murky is Texas and their politics follow suite. Hillary is not beyond using the dark side. a side that Texas is no stranger to.  

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