conservatives and liberals can generally agree on, but the means to achieve this goal will be different.2
I will report the election analyses in order of state size. California will be the focus of my research in Chapter 2 which will be divided into sections associated with an in-depth analysis of General Assembly elections (with subsections addressing party and gender success). Texas and Florida analyses will follow in Chapters 3 and 4, respectively, and will be divided into similar sections. These will be followed by a concluding chapter discussing observations for each state.
Finally, I intend to employ simple descriptive statistics (mean percentage of the district votes, percentages and numbers) to make this book more readable to those who are less academic (in a technical sense) but still interested in elections literature. This does not denigrate the seriousness of academic research (see Jewell and Breaux, 1988; Tidmarch et al., 1986), but it should enhance my account of elections in three of the most important Sunbelt megastates.