Hold on to your 10-gallon: Gallup’s polling data from the last election show that more Texans identify as Democrats than Republicans. That hasn’t translated into a political earthquake just yet, but it may only be a matter of time. Changing demographics make the Lone Star State and its 34 electoral votes a tempting target for Democrats.
Their presidential candidates don’t even try to win here, and they haven’t won a statewide election since 1994, but newly released poll findings say Democrats slightly outnumber Republicans in Texas.
The Gallup polling organization says that, based on its daily tracking polls during the 2008 election, 43 percent of Texans say they’re Democrats or lean Democratic, compared with 41 percent who say they’re Republicans or lean Republican.
The polls measure attitudes among all adults, not just those who are registered, or likely, to vote.