Urban growth could end up helping Dems in future elections - FOX34 Lubbock

Urban growth could end up helping Dems in future elections

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Last week's election was the highest turnout for midterm elections in Texas. The Senate race was the closest it's been in forty years. 

Lubbock County Judge-elect Curtis Parrish says Tuesday's historic turnout wasn't strictly about party affiliation. 

"This voter turnout was about personalities more than it was about ideology. When you look at the top of the ticket in the US Senate race, that was all personality driven. Beto O'Rourke was a strong personality," Parrish said. 

Joel Sievert, a political science professor at Texas Tech, said the greater the turnout, the higher the odds for Democrats. 

"Turnout should go up in 2020 in theory, and a Senate seat would be open as well and that could make it closer. But that also is one of the many pieces that needs to happen for the Democrats to actually win," Sievert said. 

Sievert said the increase in urban population and decline in rural areas makes the wave more purple and increases the chances of competition. 

"There's some discussions that Texas will be competitive in 2020, I think that will depend on who the nominees are," Sievert said. 

Only four out of 254 counties had a lower turnout than the last mid-term in 2014. Lubbock's turnout of 52% is higher than the 2000 presidential election and a few points short of 2016. Travis (Democratic) and Collin (Republican) counties reached 60 percent.

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