Republicans likely to win again on Election Day

Republicans likely to win again on Election Day

Republicans likely to win again on Election Day
October 14
14:01 2014

Election season 2014 is almost over and, boy, has it been a fun ride.

The Denton County Republican Party is more active in spreading its message than the Denton County Democratic Party, but there is a clear reason for that: more people in this county care about the Republicans than they do about the Democrats.

It’s no secret this county sends Republicans to Austin and Washington more than it does Democrats. However, the strategies have changed, and Republicans are now on defense while the Democrats have taken the fight to the Republicans.

Texas GOP has used the slogan “Keep Texas Red” throughout this campaign season to encourage its party to remain in control of the state. Its focus has been combating the left’s values more than promoting its own. The slogan suggests a realization that the Democrats are coming. And as Wendy Davis has shown, the state is not owned by any group. It’s Texas, and Texans own this state.

While Greg Abbott will most likely beat Davis to become governor on Nov. 4, this election cycle has shown a shift in ideologies coming from Texans. The U.S. has become increasingly liberal, and Texas has not been shy to the scenery change. President Obama has succeeded in focusing the nation’s attention on social issues rather than fiscal or foreign policy concerns. We live in a time of great achievement for those who feel unequal.

Texas’ main concern is largely its business haven. That business climate will be unscathed for years to come. The state’s fiscal policies are responsible, and the state continues to pump out revenue. So as the economics are taken care of, security in those areas is firmly rooted.

And because the dollars are secure, many Texans have become more ideologically engaged in social debates concerning abortion, immigration and education. As the Obama administration has shown, the Democrats are the champions of social reform. And as the focus on money, mastered by conservatives, shifts to a social mindset, the Texas Democrats are taking advantage.

With the immigration crisis at the border, Democrats have focused their assault on caring for the people, while Republicans sit unfavorably fixed on the economic setbacks of the situation. Good for the Democrats, for they now have the favor of a Hispanic population so desperate to gain traction here. And as that population grows, so will the Democratic Party.

If you know anything about politics, you know that policies do have an expiration date, and as the polls are showing, Texas voters are beginning to look for something new. Texas Democrats are their shoulder to cry on.

UNT has seen Wendy Davis on campus, while Abbott never came. Davis breathed a revitalized effort into the campus to vote, to care and to change Texas. It’s to the disadvantage to Abbott that he didn’t show up. However, it makes sense that he didn’t. Denton County isn’t a swing county; he has the votes here.

As voting begins, Republicans will likely again be the victors. But it will be a victory that should alert the GOP as future elections will only build on the noteworthy momentum the Texas Democratic Party has churned this go ‘round. 

If the Texas Democratic Party continues its current trajectory, the political landscape of state will shift sooner rather than later.

Dalton LaFerney is a senior staff writer for the North Texas Daily. He can be reached at laferneyd@gmail.com.

Featured Image: Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks at FreePac, hosted by Freedom Works in Phoenix, Arizona. Abbott is currently campaigning against Democratic candidate Wendy Davis. Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore – Wikimedia Commons

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