After months of campaigning, the primaries came to Texas. Texas is known to be a Republican state, there is room for Democrats’ presence to grow in the future. Due to the high population growth of Texas, Democrats look to take as many votes as they can from the state in 2020. The question going into the presidential election is simple. Is Texas big enough for both Democrats and Republicans?
Let’s look at the facts. Progressives such as Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have been running on a platform of Medicare for All. Some Texans may place hope for such health plans. According to the United States Census Bureau, 186,000 Texans lost their health insurance, leaving the total population of Texas that was without insurance at 17.7% of the population in 2018. This was a rise from the 17.3% of Texans without insurance in 2017. Texas leads the rest of the states with the most people uninsured, making it possible that Texas could flip parties in the 2020 presidential race.
Because of the rise of Democratic support in Texas, Democrats have started to target Texas in their campaign destinations. Candidates Joe Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and former candidate Mike Bloomberg all visited Texas in the week before the primaries. This marked Texas as an important spot in the primaries. Leading the pack of candidates in visits, Joe Biden visited Texas 16 times since the start of 2019; Donald Trump was right behind him with 15 visits.
Candidates such as Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropped out of the race in the days prior to Super Tuesday. These former candidates, along with former congressman Beto O’Rourke, joined together at Joe Biden’s Texas rally on Monday, March 2 in Dallas to announce their support for the candidate. It seems that their support was vital, as Biden took not just Texas, but nine other states out of the 14 states that participated in Super Tuesday. Sanders took the most important spot: California.
On the other side, incumbent Donald Trump took all 14 of the states, bringing his Republican delegate count up to 833. Republican challenger Bill Weld did not increase delegates whatsoever, leaving him at a total of one. De La Fuente, another Republican challenger, had no delegates by the night.
The Bells polled 50 random people outside of Bawcom Student Union on Monday, March 2, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. It was determined that while the majority of the campus is conservative, there was a somewhat large population who planned on voting Democrat. According to our polling of the 50 random people, 21 of the students either planned on voting, or did vote. Of those students, 11 planned to vote, or had already voted, for a Democrat. The remaining 10 students voted Republican.