AUSTIN (AP) — Donald Trump has locked up America’s largest conservative state’s 38 electoral votes despite indications Hillary Clinton could keep things competitive.
A Democrat hasn’t won statewide office in Texas since 1994, the nation’s longest losing streak. The state hasn’t backed a Democratic presidential candidate since Jimmy Carter in 1976.
But Trump’s promises to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border and his harsh immigration rhetoric could have conceivably hurt him since Texas is now about 39 percent Hispanic.
Some polls had also suggested a tightening Texas race even before a 2005 recording of Trump’s crude comments about women surfaced roughly a month before Election Day.
Some national Republicans called on Trump to step aside as the party’s nominee afterward — but, tellingly, few in Texas did.