Democrats under Siege in the Sunbelt Megastates: California, Florida, and Texas

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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.


NOTES
1.
The data for the votes in these elections can be found in documents obtained from the Secretary of States from California, Florida, and Texas. The Texas returns were xeroxed by the Secretary of State's election division and forwarded to the author for a fee.
2.
My report on gender will be largely based on publications by the Council of State Governments, State Elective Officials and the Legislatures, 1987-1988, 1989-1990, 1993-1994, 1995-1996. Lexington, KY: Council of State Governments, 1987, 1989, 1993, 1995.

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Tables ix
  • Chapter 1- Introduction 1
  • Notes 11
  • Chapter 2- California Elections 13
  • Notes 40
  • Chapter 3- Texas Elections 41
  • Note 67
  • Chapter 4- Florida Elections 69
  • Notes 91
  • Chapter 5- Conclusions and Caveats 93
  • Notes 110
  • Bibliography 111
  • Index 117
  • About the Author 121
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