Number of presidential candidates to win Texas who were not either a Democrat or a Republican

Recent national attention on potential independent candidates’ ability to prevent presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump from winning the White House, while somehow denying it to presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, tends to ignore two significant historical realities. Deadlines for seeking ballot access have passed in many states (although the judiciary may grant access), and these types of campaigns simply have not succeeded.

In Texas, not only has the deadline to apply for a spot on the ballot as an independent presidential candidate passed, but also no one has carried the state in its history who wasn’t a Democrat or Republican. Only twice since Reconstruction has an independent or a candidate from an outside party finished ahead of a major-party candidate.

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