Texas stays red: Trump wins Lone Star State

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points towards guests during an campaign event with employees at Trump National Doral, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump points towards guests during an campaign event with employees at Trump National Doral, Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016, in Miami. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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.

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