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Twilight of the Texas Democrats : the 1978 governor's race /
Kenneth Bridges.
edition
1st ed.
imprint
College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c2008.
description
viii, 219 p.
ISBN
1603440097 (cloth : alk. paper), 9781603440097 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
College Station : Texas A&M University Press, c2008.
isbn
1603440097 (cloth : alk. paper)
9781603440097 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
6363179
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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�The 1970s certainly were a time of transition and change in the state and throughout the entire South. Historians have only begun to assess the impact of the people and events of this era and this study provides important insights for the reader.�--Patrick Cox, Center for American History, University of Texas
"The 1970s certainly were a time of transition and change in the state and throughout the entire South. Historians have only begun to assess the impact of the people and events of this era and this study provides important insights for the reader."--Patrick Cox, Center for American History, University of Texas
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In 1978, Republican William P. Clements won the race for governor of the Lone Star State, marking the start of an interlude of two-party competition in the state. Eventually, Republican ascendancy would once again make Texas a "safe" place for a single party--but not the party that had dominated the state since the end of Reconstruction. At the time, observers asked whether the election of a Republican governor was a mere flash in the pan. For the previous twenty years, other races, at every level from national to local, had made inroads into Democratic strongholds, but that party's dominance by and large had held. In 1978, the situation changed. Now, historian Kenneth Bridges--drawing on polling data, newspaper reports, archival sources, and extensive interviews--both confirms the significance of the election and explains the many and complex forces at work in it. He analyzes a wide range of factors that includes the disaffection among Mexican American voters fanned by La Raza Unida, miscalculations by Democrat John Hill and his campaign staff, the superior polling techniques used by Clements, the unpopularity of the Democratic president, Jimmy Carter, the changing demographics of the state, and the unprecedented spending by the Clements team. In the process, Bridges describes not an ideological realignment among Texas voters, but a partisan one. Twilight of the Texas Democrats illuminates our understanding of both political science and regional history.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Texas in 1978p. 1
The Democratic Revolutionp. 23
A Family Affair: The Republican Primaryp. 49
Eye of the Stormp. 69
The Best-Laid Plansp. 83
"And the People Win Every Time": November 7, 1978p. 112
The Once and Future Governorp. 124
Appendices
Presidential Election Totals in Texas, 1968-1988p. 133
Democratic Primary Results by Countyp. 135
1978 Gubernatorial Election Totals and Percentagesp. 142
Democratic Turnout, 1978 Gubernatorial Electionp. 149
Gubernatorial Voting Trends, 1974-1982p. 156
1978 General Election Results by Countyp. 163
Texas Voter Registration and Turnout Totals, 1970-1990p. 170
Gubernatorial Election Results, 1968-1990p. 172
Notesp. 175
Bibliographyp. 203
Indexp. 211
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