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  •  the difference is more than turnout (3+ / 0-)
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    Dallasdoc, erratic, bartcopfan

    california hit majority-minority a lot earlier than texas did, has always had a more democratic-tilting latino population than texas, has a much larger proportion of liberal white voters, has district lines that aren't drawn to minimize democratic and minority representation, and has a state economy more reliant on education and less reliant on energy extraction and the military (although once upon a time, CA was a lot more like TX in that regard). finally, both states tend to get in-migrations of left and right-wing ideologically-minded white voters, respectively, which reinforce their political trends.

    CA:
    non-hispanic white: 40%
    latino: 38%
    asian: 14%
    black:7%
    multiracial: 4%
    native american: 2%

    TX:
    non-hispanic white: 45%
    latino: 38%
    asian: 4%
    black: 12%
    multiracial: 2%
    native american: 1%

    •  And CA had Prop. 187 (4+ / 0-)

      ... which I suspect galvanized Latino elegtoral participation to a much greater degree than Texas has yet seen.  

      Interesting that while both states show the same proportion of Latinos in the population, California's Asian population more than makes up for its lower proportion of African-Americans.  Wonder when Republicans will start paying more attention to the fast growing Asian populations?

      Citizens United defeated by citizens, united.

      by Dallasdoc on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 11:51:30 AM PST

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