The biggest story of 2018 may turn out to be the turnout in the 2018 midterm general election in Texas. The increase in the number of voters in the state has been phenomenal since the seminal Tea Party Election of 2010.
The grinding question that must be answered immediately is what is the cause of this parabolic growth in Texas vote tallies? As of yet, RagingElephantsRadio.com has not been able to find anyone with a simple answer. One thing seems to be certain. The growth doesn’t seem to be the result of massive, undetectable voter fraud.
8.33 million votes were cast on November 6, 2018 in Texas. The presidential election of 2016 tallied 8.97 million votes. This is only a falloff of 640,000 votes from a presidential cycle to a midterm were a 40% falloff between the two cycles could be considered typical.
The 8.33 million vote total of 2018 surpasses all vote totals in previous election cycles except the presidential election of 2016. 2018 is the largest vote total ever achieved in a Texas midterm.
The overwhelming majority of the electorate growth in Texas has benefited the Democratic Party candidates in the last eight years. However, 2018 was the high water mark since the 2010 cycle.
After the first Tea Party election of 2010, Republicans were set to occupy 101 seats out of 150, a super majority, in the Texas House of Representatives. This was huge shift in the party balance that saw the previous legislative session with a party balance of 76-74 to the Republicans. Even soon-to-be former Texas Speaker Joe Straus had to acknowledge the power of the Tea Party vote that deepened the tint of the Pink Dome to a soulful robust red.
The historical election of 2010 that had such an impact on the Texas political landscape saw only 4.98 million total votes counted.
From the 2010 midterm to the 2018 midterm, the jump to 8.33 million total votes is a 68% expansion in Texas voters.
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