Republicans have won 101 straight statewide elections, 106 if presidential elections are included. There are 15 statewide contests this year.
Voters last elected Democrats to statewide office 20 years ago. Every state in the Nation has elected at least one Democrat to statewide office since then, even Idaho and Utah, considered by many to be the reddest states in the country. In terms of support for statewide Republican candidates, Texas has been growing redder for the past decade, fueled by a dramatic increase in straight-ticket voting, huge monetary advantages, and a lack of quality Democratic candidates. In the 2010 cycle, the average statewide Democrat received just 36% of the vote, an 8-point drop from 2008.
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