Texas Party Eras 1870’s-1930’s (FIRST) - Democratic Party (liberal) controlled the state (and much of the south) - Democrats are the only party in Texas at this time (dominated this era) - Democratic party is essentially the defacto primary at this time - Under the control of conservative, upper income, white elites, who are large land owners, industrialists; believe that govt. should promote the states economic interests to low taxes, limited public spending, and regulations designed to favor agriculture, and business interests in general. 1940-1952 (SECOND) - During this era, we start to se a liberal faction of the Democratic party emerging (25%) of all the democrats; conservatives still dominate - Texas is still a one- party state 1953-1977 (THIRD) - This period is the heart of the Civil Rights movement - More minority, female, and more low income voters (these three groups tend to be somewhat liberal); makes the liberal wing of the Democrats become stronger - Close to half (50%) of the elected officials in Texas were liberal democrats - Republican party is virtually nonexistent in Texas - Liberals don’t do well in top of the ballot state-wide elections 1978-1993 (FOURTH) - Republican party starts to come in to light during this era -
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