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The race has been called in Texas

It's not like it was unexpected, but it's still so disheartening to see. Republican Greg Abbott carries Texas, defeating Democratic challenger Wendy Davis. 20 years of red in the governor's mansion. *sigh*

Also, incumbent John Cornyn kept his seat in the Senate, and the rest of the state was very predictably divided along racial lines in the House races. Primarily white counties voted Republican, while primarily Latino counties in the southern part of the state voted for Democratic candidates, including long standing incumbent Rubén Hinojosa.

ETA: on the map representing the House races, do you see where the blue meets the red in the center of the state? Do you see the district lines all converging on a single point right in the middle? That's Austin. The city/metro is divided into SIX separate districts. There's literally a street corner in Austin where you can stand with a body part in four different districts at once. But no, gerrymandering doesn't happen at all in Texas. And no, we don't need that now defunct part of the Voting Rights Act. Nope. Not at all.


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