Two elections in the last decade have dramatically changed the political landscape in Texas. The population of Texas has continued to climb making the Texas the fasting growing state in the nation.
The 2010 midterm general election is famous for the Tea Party surge that propelled Republicans to previously unmatched majorities under the Pink Dome in Austin.
The 2018 midterm general election produced an incredible surge in total votes cast in Texas. The dramatic increase in Texas electorate paved the way for Democrats to claw back ground that was lost in 2010.
The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the Texas population grew by 12.6% between the last official population count in 2010, and the summer of 2017. From the 2010 midterm general election to the 2018 midterm general election, the size of the electorate — the number of votes cast in the election — grew by 67%.
The official population of Texas in 2010 was 25.15 million. by July, 2017 the Texas population had grown to an estimated 28.3 million.
In 2010, 4.98 million votes were cast in the midterm general election. Comparing apple to apple, the 2018 midterm general election saw 8.33 million votes tallied in Texas.
The high-water mark for votes tallied in Texas was the 2016 presidential election cycle. Nearly 9 million people voted. The official number published by the Texas Secretary of State is 8.98 million votes.
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