The latest episode of The Map Room is out on Old Bull TV, and it’s a big one! This week, Eric Cunningham (@decunningham2), Jared Stone (@JStonePolitics), and Nick Morris (@TossupReport) begin a series on Texas. The Lone Star State has long been a bastion of Republican politics, but recent trends suggest a shift. This episode focuses on ground zero of the shift: Harris County. With over 4.6 million people, it’s the largest county in the state. Its county seat, Houston, is the sixth-largest city in the country and one of the most diverse.
Republicans once dominated in Harris County, but it has voted for Democrats since 2008 at the presidential level. A majority of its House delegation is now Democratic, and Democrats control every countywide office. Massive shifts in Harris and its surrounding counties represent the new problems Republicans face with white, college-educated voters.
As always, a wide variety of election maps help show some of the major shifts that have occurring in the Houston area. Eric, Nick, Jared explain the major demographic and political divides, the stark contrast between the deep blue urban core and blood-red exurban areas, and the difference between two collar counties: Fort Bend and Montgomery. You don’t want to miss this in-depth guide on this rapidly-shifting urban county!
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I just discovered your site and podcast. I’m a relatively new transplant to Texas from the mid-Atlantic (Pennsylvania). I follow politics as a hobby and your site and series have been great at explaining the political dynamics of the state in a good level of detail. Thanks!