Number of counties where 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis received fewer votes than Democratic Gov. Allan Shivers received in his 1954 re-election bid.
Texas was conservative but politically different 60 years ago. Shivers received 85% of the vote while the Republican candidate barely cleared 10%. Shivers received at least 95% of the vote in 105 of the state’s 254 counties, including almost all of the Texas Panhandle. About 637K Texans voted in that general election, which was less than half the number who voted in either the Democratic primary or runoff that year. The state’s population was about 8.4 million. A lack of partisan competition and the imposition of the poll tax kept general election turnout low.
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