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« on: September 20, 2019, 07:31:01 pm »

I think I don't have to introduce this Texan county with its special electoral history to you.
Despite being a tiny county (only 3,200 inhabitants in the 70's), Cottle was a Democratic isle surrounded by a deep ocean of deadly water in the 1972 presidential election, having voted for McGovern by only 7 votes or 0.6%. All of its adjacent counties voted for Nixon by distinct margins, with Foard being the most Democratic county.
How likely is it that the official result for this county and for that election is not correct?

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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2019, 11:20:21 pm »

Most likely the local Dixiecratic machine here was still able to deliver for McGovern while neighboring counties didn't bother.
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2019, 12:15:34 am »

I have never heard of Cottle County before this.
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2019, 01:40:56 pm »

I have never heard of Cottle County before this.

The last rural Dem county standing in northwest Texas.  Finally flipped for Bush in 2000 (and by a 2/1 margin at that).
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2019, 11:17:12 pm »

I have never heard of Cottle County before this.

The last rural Dem county standing in northwest Texas.  Finally flipped for Bush in 2000 (and by a 2/1 margin at that).

The last one is Foard . Its the only one Bill white won in 2010.
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2019, 08:08:54 pm »

Probably people who still believed in the democratic party until their dying days who vote every time
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« Reply #6 on: September 26, 2019, 11:23:48 pm »

I don't know if this has ever discussed before, but why exactly was there a streak of Democratic counties south of the very Republican Texas Panhandle for so long? Public works? Cotton or tobacco subsidies? Something else?
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2019, 10:25:08 pm »

I don't know if this has ever discussed before, but why exactly was there a streak of Democratic counties south of the very Republican Texas Panhandle for so long? Public works? Cotton or tobacco subsidies? Something else?

Out of those three, maybe public works
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« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2019, 03:14:37 pm »

I don't know if this has ever discussed before, but why exactly was there a streak of Democratic counties south of the very Republican Texas Panhandle for so long? Public works? Cotton or tobacco subsidies? Something else?

Out of those three, maybe public works

Part of it was also just ancestral leanings--some counties were populated by Southern-stock people who migrated to Texas.
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« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2019, 02:38:57 pm »

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_River_of_the_South
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