Midterm results show possible signs of change for the future of Texas
On Tuesday, Democrats picked up about a dozen seats in the state house.
Voter turnout in Texas surpassed the 2012 presidential election and, while the win may have gone to the Republicans, UTRGV Political Science professor, Dr. Mark Kaswan, says this may be the last sweep for the party in the state.
"You saw most of the top ballot, the state-wide races, within single digits," Kaswan explains.
"These are various trends that seem to be confirming what people have been saying for some years- that Texas is moving towards becoming a purple state, at least."
Kaswan says this trend is something Republicans are not used to in the state.
He says this can bring concerns to Republicans on a national level since it can prevent them from winning the race for the presidency if they can’t win Texas.
"The fact that a state-wide candidate, like Beto O'Rourke, came within three points in Texas with Ted Cruz, who is a darling of the right wing conservatives in Texas- that has to have Republicans nationally very concerned about their status," says Kaswan.
He says although the results didn’t come out as expected for the Democrats, this brings serious optimism for Democrats in the state.
However, in order to have a political system that reflects the will of the voters, the public needs to vote.
In Cameron county the voter turnout was under 40 percent which means that six out of every ten voters did not cast their ballot.
He says if more people vote throughout the Valley it will completely change the results in the state of Texas.