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The Hispanic Vote, Curling & Valentine’s Day Angst: Houston Matters for Thurs., Feb. 13, 2014

A new Gallup poll calls into question the conventional wisdom that changing demographics in Texas might lead to a change in statewide political power. The concept goes like this: more and more Hispanics are in Texas every year. Historically, they’re a voting bloc that leans heavily Democratic. Therefore, changing demographics in Texas suggest Democrats might […]

A new Gallup poll calls into question the conventional wisdom that changing demographics in Texas might lead to a change in statewide political power. The concept goes like this: more and more Hispanics are in Texas every year. Historically, they’re a voting bloc that leans heavily Democratic. Therefore, changing demographics in Texas suggest Democrats might soon overtake Republicans in statewide races. But the new poll indicates Hispanic and Anglo residents in Texas identify with the Republican Party much more than the national average. 27 percent of Hispanics in Texas identify with the GOP – that’s the largest percentage in six years, and higher than anywhere else in the country.

Still, even here in Texas, Hispanic voters favor Democrats by a wide margin over Republicans.

Is it all just a question of math, and time? Will an increasingly diverse Texas eventually just turn purple, then blue? Or are such breakdowns based on ethnicity generalizations that won’t necessarily bear out?

On today’s Houston Matters, we’ll ask a pair of area political science professors whether they see a political change developing in Texas, or just wishful thinking from the long-standing minority party.

Also ahead: we’ll conclude our series featuring winter sports in H-town. Craig Cohen visits the Space City Ice Station to meet the Curling Club of Houston.

And: Valentine’s Day is tomorrow. Let’s stress that. TOMORROW. If you haven’t yet figured out what to do with, for, and/or about your sweetheart, Houston Matters producers Edel Howlin, Maggie Martin, and Michael Hagerty come to the rescue with a Houston Valentine’s Day event guide for procrastinators. We’ll also hear from producer Conner Clifton, who describes what life is like for someone whose birthday falls on Valentine’s Day.

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