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Author Bridges, Kenneth

Title Twilight of the Texas Democrats : the 1978 governor's race / Kenneth Bridges
Edition 1st ed
Published College Station : Texas A & M University Press, ©2008


Description 1 online resource (viii, 219 pages, 6 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, maps
Series Centennial series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A & M University ; no. 107
Centennial series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A & M University ; no. 107
Contents 1 Texas in 1978 1 -- 2 The Democratic Revolution 23 -- 3 A Family Affair: The Republican Primary 49 -- 4 Eye of the Storm 69 -- 5 The Best-Laid Plans 83 -- 6 "And the People Win Every Time": November 7, 1978 112 -- 7 The Once and Future Governor 124
Summary "In 1978, Republican William P. Clements won the race for governor of the Lone Star State, marking the start of an interlude of two-party competition in the state. Eventually, Republican ascendancy would once again make Texas a "safe" place for a single party - but not the party that had dominated the state since the end of Reconstruction." "At the time, observers asked whether the election of a Republican governor was a mere flash in the pan. For the previous twenty years, other races, at every level from national to local, had made inroads into Democratic strongholds, but the party's dominance by and large had held. In 1978, that changed." "Now, historian Kenneth Bridges - drawing on polling data, newspaper reports, archival sources, and extensive interviews - both confirms the significance of the election and explains the many and complex forces at work in it. He analyzes a wide range of factors that includes the disaffection among Mexican American voters fanned by La Raza Unida, miscalculations by Democrat John Hill and his campaign staff, the superior polling techniques used by Clements, the unpopularity of the Democratic president, Jimmy Carter, the changing demographics of the state, and the unprecedented spending by the Clements team. In the process Bridges describes a partisan realignment among Texas voters, not an ideological one." "Twilight of the Texas Democrats promises to illuminate studies in both political science and regional history."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 203-210) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Clements, William P., 1917-2011.
Clements, William P., 1917-2011.
Democratic Party (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century
Republican Party (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century
Democratic Party (Tex.)
Republican Party (Tex.)
Governors -- Texas -- Election -- History -- 20th century
Political candidates -- Texas -- Biography
Politicians -- Texas -- Biography
Political parties -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
Political campaigns -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
Party affiliation -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
Governors -- Election.
Party affiliation.
Political campaigns.
Political candidates.
Political parties.
Politics and government
Texas -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Genre/Form Biographies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781603444088