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1 CHANGING DEMOGRAPHICS AND IMMIGRATION POLITICS IN TEXAS February 26, 2014

2 Hispanic influence in Texas Demographic trends Participation and party competition Immigration Politics

3 The Texas Population Today Total 26 Million White non-hispanic 11.6 million Hispanic 10 million African American 3.3 million Texas is one of four majority-minority states. (CA, HI, NM, TX) Black 12% White 45% Asian 4% Hispanic 38% Asian American 1.1 million Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2012 estimates

4 Texas population projections The median age for Texas Hispanics is 27. The median age for Texas Anglos is % 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 45% 38% 42% 41% 2020 Hispanics reach plurality White 46% 36% Hispanic 50% 32% 54% 28% 20 Hispanics become majority 0% Source: U.S. Texas State Data Center, Office of State Demographer 2012

5 Texas Hispanics Today 70% U.S. Born 77% American citizens 88% Mexican-origin 65% of foreign born have lived in U.S. 15+ years Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 American Community Survey

6 PARTISANSHIP AND PARTICIPATION

7 Texas Partisanship and Latino Voters Texas became more GOP despite Latino population/ electorate increases. Democrat 56% Indep 28% GOP 16% Adding leaners 67% Democrat 26% Republican

8 Presidential Vote Romney Obama 57% 70% 41% Romney + 1,261,719 20% Statewide Result Hispanic Texas Voters Source: Texas Secretary of State, 2012 General Election Results; impremedia/ld Election Eve Poll 2012

9 Texas Presidential GOP Vote Latino voters trending away from GOP. Inroads President W. Bush made with Latino voters have eroded. % GOP Vote 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0% Statewide Hispanic 59% 61% 55% 57% 49% 41% 49% 43% 35% 29% 25% 17% Source: VNS/NEP , Latino Decisions 2012

10 Texas Democratic Vote The majority 80% of Hispanic Texans have 58% 60% long voted for Democrats, but turnout 40% remains low. 37% % Democrat Vote 20% 75% 44% 54% 50% 38% 38% Statewide 63% 44% Hispanic 70% 41% 0% Source: VNS/NEP , Latino Decisions 2012

11 Voter Participation Among Citizen Voting Age Population (CVAP) Nearly 3 MILLION Texas Latinos eligible to vote did not cast a ballot in Texas Hispanic U.S. Hispanic Texas White Voted % 48% 61% Did not Vote 61% 52% % U.S. White 64% 36% Source: U.S. Census Bureau, November 2012 CPS Report

12 The Potential Texas Hispanic Electorate 2.9 MILLION eligible nonvoters: Not registered: 2,215,000 Registered did not vote: 762,000 Registered did not vote 26% Not Registered 74% Source: U.S. Census Bureau, November 2012 CPS Report

13 2012 Voter Participation Among Registered Voter Population Once registered, turnout is relatively high for all groups. 87% 83% Registered Voter Turnout U.S. Texas 82% 71% 91% 86% Still, Texas Latinos significantly less than national average. White Hispanic Black Source: U.S. Census Bureau, November 2012 CPS Report

14 Texas Electorate Composition 2012 Registered 2012 Voters White 57% 74% White 59% 74% Hispanic 9% 25% Hispanic 8% 22% Black Other 13% 14% 5% 4% U.S. Texas Black Other 13% 16% 4% 4% Texas Latino electorate 2.5x larger than national average. U.S. Texas Source: U.S. Census Bureau, November 2012 CPS Report

15 Texas Hispanic Voter Impact Scenarios Presidential vote outcome adjusting two variables: 1. Hispanic voter turnout rate 2. Percent Hispanic vote for Republican candidates 3. Both parties stand to secure their future based on those two factors.

16 Scenario 1. Actual 2012 Interactive estimates posted at

17 Scenario 2: Larger Latino electorate, GOP Latino share shrinks Interactive estimates posted at

18 Scenario 3: Larger Latino electorate, GOP Latino share similar to Colorado 2012 Interactive estimates posted at

19 2012 Latino Voter Mobilization (% contacted) Comparing Western states with similar Hispanic demography Did anyone from a campaign, political party, or community organization ask you to vote, or register to vote? U.S. Colorado Nevada New Mexico Arizona California Texas Base outreach abysmal (these are voters!), bodes poorly for registration. Source: impremedia/ld Election Eve Poll 2012

20 IMMIGRATION POLITICS AND TEXAS HISPANIC VOTERS

21 2012 Latino Voter Reason for Voting Comparing Western states with similar Hispanic demography Which do you agree with most: I m voting in 2012 to support: Democratic candidate Republican Candidate U.S. Texas California Arizona New Mexico Support Dem Support GOP Support Latino Community Latino community Nevada Colorado Source: impremedia/ld Election Eve Poll 2012

22 2012 Latino Voter Reason for Voting Comparing Western states with similar Hispanic demography Co-ethnic support motivation essentially even with Democratic party support in Texas. U.S. Texas California Arizona New Mexico Support Dem Support GOP Support Latino Community Clear outreach opportunities. Nevada Colorado Source: impremedia/ld Election Eve Poll 2012

23 2012 Latino Voter Reason for Voting Comparing Western states with similar Hispanic demography Texas retained more Hispanic GOP support relative to other Western states with similar Latino demography. Prop 187, Pete Wilson Absence of antiimmigrant pied piper, or signature punitive policy buffered Texas GOP. SB1070, Brewer, Arpaio et al New Mexico Angle Nevada Tancredo Colorado Support Dem Support GOP Support Latino Community U.S. Texas California Arizona Source: impremedia/ld Election Eve Poll 2012

24 Until now. State Senator Dan Patrick GOP Lt. Governor Candidate

25 Texas Republican Primary Candidates on Immigration Policy and Border Region Perry and W. Bush-era policy positions and overtures out of favor with 2014 GOP candidates, and influential segments of state party. Tough talk on immigration and border a cornerstone of GOP primary campaigns Repeal in-state tuition Calls to rescind 14 th Amendment Ads, debates, interviews, social media emphasis on ills of illegal immigration Frequent pejorative references to South Texas and Border despite much higher crime rates in other parts of state: third world, fraudulent voters, crime, lack law and order

26 Texas Latino voter ties to undocumented Considering all your family, friends, coworkers, and others you know, do you happen to know someone who is an undocumented immigrant? Yes 58% DK 4% No 38% Source: impremedia/ld Election Eve Poll 2012

27 Texas Latino voter enthusiasm and 2012 candidate immigration positions 59 Obama DACA Romney Self-Deport More enthused Less enthused No Impact Source: impremedia/ld Election Eve Poll 2012

28 GOP vote if party supports CIR Texas GOP has much to gain, 36% of Hispanic voters more likely to vote for Republican if they pass CIR, second only to Arizona. If the GOP took a leadership role in supporting CIR with a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, would you be more/less likely to support future GOP candidates? U.S. Arizona Texas Nevada California Colorado New Mexico More likely Less likely No Impact Source: impremedia/ld Election Eve Poll 2012

29 Texas GOP: Model No More? Current slate of candidates using distinctly non- Texas campaign tactics that spurn Hispanic voters. National party brand further damaged Over-estimate appeal to non-latinos, industry (deep ties) Texas used to be the party example for outreach, right the course with Hispanic voters. George W. Bush Hispanic-majority county wins

30 The Future of Party Competition in Texas: Come and Take It Expanded Hispanic electorate can leverage future of either party GOP could secure a bright-red future: return to model outreach and policy. Democrats could make it competitive: invest in infrastructure, voters. Latino voters motivated by community interest, not party enthusiasm 20 yrs GOP statewide control didn t win over Hispanics. No evidence Hispanic voters are waiting to surge for Democrats either. Extensive, long-term investment in voter engagement Demographics alone will not make Texas competitive. Establishing relationships with new and alienated voters.

31 Thank you! Report, Deck, and Map links, other materials at: LatinoDecisions.com

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