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Results: Clinton wins crucial Texas primary; caucuses unsettled
  • Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton had said the March 4 primaries in Texas and Ohio were her "firewall" against rival Sen. Barack Obama's recent winning streak.
  • Clinton held a two-to-one advantage over Obama among Texas' 3.6 million eligible Hispanic voters, while Obama had the overwhelming advantage with black voters in the state's Democratic primary, according to exit polls.
  • GOP Sen. John McCain trounces Mike Huckabee in Texas primary and declares that he will be the Republican nominee.
Latest State Polls
Likely Democratic primary voters' choice for nominee in 2008:
Obama
47%
Clinton
45%
Unsure
8%
Likely Republican primary voters' choice for nominee in 2008:
McCain
57%
Huckabee
30%
Paul
7%
Unsure
6%
The Democratic Texas “poll of polls” consists of five surveys: Reuters/C-SPAN/Houston Chronicle/Zogby (Feb. 29-March 2), Belo/Public Strategies (Feb. 28-March 1), American Research Group (Feb. 29-March 1), MSNBC/McClatchy/Ft. Worth Star-Telegram/Mason-Dixon (Feb. 27-29), and Fox News/Opinion Dynamics (Feb. 26-28). The Republican Texas “poll of polls” consists of three surveys: Reuters/C-SPAN/Houston Chronicle/Zogby (Feb. 29-March 2), American Research Group (Feb. 29-March 1), and Belo/Public Strategies (Feb. 27-March 1).
Demographics

15,982,378
Population
78.0%
White
14.6%
Black
0.3%
American Indian/
Alaska Native
1.7%
Asian
0.1%
Native Hawaiian/
Pacific Islander
2.4%
Mixed Race
3.0%
Other Race
$38,819
Median Household Income
12.5%
Percentage Income in Poverty, 1999
17.6%
Percentage Age 65 and Up
22.3%
Percentage with College Degree
32%
Percentage Hispanic
3.3%
Unemployment Rate as of 11/2006
The Associated Press
Past General Elections
2004 Bush (R) 61.2% Kerry (D) 38.3%
2000 Bush (R) 59.3% Gore (D) 38%
1996 Dole (R) 48.8% Clinton (D) 43.8%
1992 Bush (R) 40.6% Clinton (D) 37.1%
1988 Bush (R) 56% Dukakis (D) 43.3%
1984 Reagan (R) 63.6% Mondale (D) 36.1%
1980 Reagan (R) 55.3% Carter (D) 41.4%
1976 Carter (D) 51.1% Ford (R) 48%
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Past Highlights
DEMOCRATS
1988: Eventual nominee Michael Dukakis barely survived a Lone Star slugfest when he won the primary with 33 percent, defeating Jesse Jackson who received 25 percent, and Al Gore who garnered 20 percent.
REPUBLICANS
1988: Then-Vice President George H.W. Bush all but clinched his nomination with his victory in his home state of Texas.
1980: Ronald Reagan -- with 51 percent of the vote -- narrowly survives a challenge from George H.W. Bush, who received 47.4 percent.
Primary Process
Texas' complicated system of choosing delegates uses a combination of primaries and caucuses on March 4. Most Democratic delegates will be allocated proportionally by primary elections in each district. But other Democratic delegates will be chosen by attendees at precinct caucuses that begin after polls close. The GOP primary chooses most delegates based on proportional results in each congressional district. A lesser number of at-large delegates will be allocated by the statewide primary results. Candidates take all delegates in a district if the candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes.

Sources: Texas Democratic and Republican parties.
Current Government
Governor: Rick Perry (R) re-election 2010
Senator: Kay Bailey Hutchison (R) re-election 2012
Senator: John Cornyn (R) re-election 2008
U.S. House delegation: 13 Democrats, 19 Republicans
State Senate: 11 Democrats, 20 Republicans
State House: 69 Democrats, 81 Republicans
State Capital: Austin
Local Media
Newspapers:
Houston Chronicle
Austin American-Statesman
Dallas Morning News
San Antonio Express-News
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