A Graphic Look At Texas' Urban-Rural Political Split
As part of NPR's weeklong series "Texas 2020," data editor Matt Stiles (himself a former Texan) dives into the number and comes up with a fascinating map-by-map look at the political divide between the state's cities and country.
Texas is a large, diverse state with broad regional differences in population and demography. President Obama, who didn't campaign in the Lone Star State, got only 41 percent of the statewide vote last year. Compare that with the 57 percent of the vote received by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who also didn't devote any energy to Texas. The map is staggeringly red, but a bit deceiving.