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GOP’s Latest Amendment Sparks Debate Among Texas Republicans

GOP’s Latest Amendment Sparks Debate Among Texas Republicans
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GOP’s Latest Amendment Sparks Debate Among Texas Republicans

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Republicans in Texas have proposed a law requiring candidates seeking statewide office to win a majority of 128 counties out of a total of 254 counties.

This proposition could bring about new changes in the state’s political landscape. It could marginalize the Democrats, who gain most of their support from urban areas such as Houston and Dallas.

Democrats’ Urban Support Might No Longer Be Sufficient for a Statewide Win

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The possibility of Democrats being marginalized by the proposition is possible because the Democratic stronghold in Texas is in the state’s major cities. 

The Republicans on the other hand dominate the rural areas. The Republican new approach requires understanding the geographical split. And with the latest rule which made it compulsory for a majority in numerous counties for a statewide win, the support Democrats gain from urban areas might no longer be enough. 

Republican Biannual Conference Highlights

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At the Republican’s biannual conference in San Antonio, there were laid down key policy points for election and other concerning issues in the state.

The conference, which lasted between May 23 and 25, 2024, was an event for strategic discussions. It laid down the groundwork for the upcoming election with new proposals to strengthen Republican control in the state.


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Proposition 21 Stirs Up Debate

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Proposition 21 is inciting debate across the state because it requires victories across the majority of counties to win.

Proposition 21 calls for a “concurrent majority” to be able to hold a statewide office. This also means that the popular vote is not enough to win an election in the state.

Abbot Managed To Win in 19 Counties in 2022 With 54.8% of Total Votes

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During the 2022 election that made Greg Abbott the governor of Texas, Abbot won just 54.8% of the votes but only managed to win in just 19 counties. 

Abbot’s victory draws attention to the Democratic Party’s existing concentration of support in urban areas, which the GOP hopes to offset with the new idea.

Republicans Dominate Statewide Politics in Texas

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Texas politics are already dominated by Republicans, who hold the offices of comptroller of public accounts, attorney general, lieutenant governor, and governor. 

Additionally, each of the Supreme Court’s nine justices and the state’s two U.S. senators are Republicans as well. This shows how strong they are in the state.

Critics Cross Check the Legality of GOP’s County-Majority Rule

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Critics argued that a check should be placed on the Republican county-majority rule. They think there may have been a violation of the Voting Rights Act because ethnic minorities tend to be concentrated in smaller counties.

Critics raise questions about the proposal’s constitutional validity to ensure a fair representation of the smaller counties.


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The Idea of Texit Is Appealing to a Specific Faction of the Party

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While the policy discussion was ongoing at the conference, the Republicans in Texas also raised a vote over consideration of the state’s secession from the country.

The idea of Texit, “Texas exiting the United States,” continues to linger among certain factions within the party, which indicates a daring trend in state politics.

Honoring Texas’ Historical Figures

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In the conference, there was a motion that suggested the reinstatement of the original military names which were named after Confederate leaders. 

Also, the motion Suggested the restoration of removed Confederate monuments. These proposals target honoring Texas’ historical figures and have sparked a heated dialogue about heritage and history.

Call for Abolishment of Abortion

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Another discussion brought up at the conference was the issue of abortion. A Republican from Texas has boldly called for the outright outlawing of abortion. 

The party’s conservative base’s core principles, which seek to change Texas’ legislative environment, aligned with this audacious declaration from a Texas GOP member.


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GOP New Rule Aims To Challenge How Candidates Campaign Statewide

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The Republican new rule on voting seeks to address a trend of the strong presence of democratic voters in urban areas, winning support in cities but struggling in other regions. 

In the 2022 election, there was a scenario where Beto O’Rourke had a strong chance in urban areas but struggled to win support in other areas. The GOP aims to challenge this pattern of campaign statewide. 

Question About the Impact of GOP’s New Rule

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All focus will be on how these planned changes might impact Texas’ political and social dynamics as the GOP policy platform is about to be unveiled. 

The result might point to a future direction in American politics for other states with a comparison between the urban-rural splits.



Lasting Impact on Future Elections and Beyond

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The outcome of the Texas GOP conference in San Antonio will have a lasting impact on future elections and beyond.

Currently, Texas is facing possible changes that focus on reshaping its political landscape, which might attract national attention to the state’s landscape.


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