How Texas Republicans Kept Their State Red

Texas state flag in Austin. (RoschetzkyIstockPhoto/Getty Images)
An inside look into how a high-turnout election actually proved good news for Texas Republicans.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE N o political majority is permanent; some are built on stronger ground than others, but keeping a majority eventually requires shaking off complacency and getting to work. Ever since George W. Bush, Rick Perry, and Karl Rove turned Texas into a Republican stronghold in the 1990s, culminating with flipping the Texas House to Republican control in the 2002 elections for the first time since Reconstruction, there have been two lingering critiques of the state’s dominant Republican majority. The first is turnout: Texas typically has the lowest turnout of eligible voters in the nation. In 2016, for example, national voter turnout was