When it comes to the electoral college, Texas is like most states: winner-take-all (only two states, Nebraska and Maine, aren’t). So we’re red and, if Democrats’ dreams came true, we’d someday be blue.

Wendy Davis, a former gubernatorial candidate and former state senator from Dallas-Fort Worth, says she sees a possibility of a change in hue.

“For Democrats, the news has certainly improved,” Davis says. “Donald Trump only won 52 percent of the state. By comparison, Romney won 58 percent. So it shows that we have a growing population, a growing voter [base], to build upon. A lot for 2018 is going to depend on the state and the country’s mood with regard to what they’ve just done, in electing Donald Trump,” she says, “whether they are going to feel like the consequences of that demand and deserve some kind of correction.”

Davis says she’s not yet planning on making a run for Ted Cruz’s senate seat come midterms.

“I am at heart a fighter,” she says. “There are a host of people in my state and in this country who won’t have a voice. Do they deserve someone who’s going to step up and fight for them? Absolutely. Will that necessarily be me in a political contest? Way too soon to tell.”

For her, one of the greatest concerns is the “continued shredding” of the public education system.

“Let’s face it, Republicans were rewarded by an under-educated electorate,” she says. “And I don’t think it’s too cynical to say that the true right-wing conspiracy in this country is the under-education of the populace. It has benefitted them and it is not an accidental outcome.”

From a map of voting results, Davis says you can see urban counties in Texas have gotten bluer – including Harris, Bexar, Travis, El Paso and Dallas counties.

“The only major urban county that Donald Trump won in was my former home county of Tarrant County,” she says. “What we see really is a state with two highly different populations.”

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  • A Johns November 18, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Elitist BS like that shows who and what you really are…..and why +90℅ of counties in the US voted Red. You need to look at the demographics of your own supporters before spewing your hate.

  • Tammy November 13, 2016 at 9:27 am

    The under educated population was fine with Democrats when it came out in droves and voted for Obama. Both parties benefit from an uneducated electorate and the elite know it. It’s easy to feed people their victim story of their too lazy or uneducated to research it for themselves.

  • Tammy November 13, 2016 at 9:26 am

    The undereducated population was fine with Democrats when it came out in droves and voted for Obama. Both parties benefit from an uneducated electorate. It’s easy to feed people their victim story of their too lazy or uneducated to research it for themselves.

  • Brittany November 13, 2016 at 6:18 am

    I don’t believe in coincidences. The majority of people who voted for Donald Trump were White, Christian and without college degrees.

    That is no surprise. If you look at the policy positions and rhetoric of the Republican party, you can draw a clear line.

    – Degradation, defunding, and demonization of public schools, teachers, and unions.

    – Constant battles over any curriculum that teaches anything remotely challenging to Republican ideas. Including human induced climate change, non abstinence based sex education, evolution, feminism, Civil Rights era politics, other world religions, etc.

    – Constant demonization of colleges as “liberal brainwashing centers” or “for the snobs” as Rick Santorum put it.

    – Constant demonization of scientific study or research that challenges Republican ideas.

    – Constant objections to any proposals to reduce college tuition, student loans, or financial grants. (Paul Ryan’s budget proposals wants to cut Pell grants by $125 million)

    All of this meanwhile America’s children ranks far lower than other countries in math, science, technology, and engineering.

    Not a coincidence. Purely partisian gains.

  • Gumby November 12, 2016 at 6:52 pm

    Anyone both liberal or far right wingers who burns firewood are very, very,very, very,very, very,very, very,very, very stopppppppppppppppppppiD! Ban firewood now!

  • Jane Rudden November 12, 2016 at 11:42 am

    How typically Republican to just look on the surface of her remarks and call her clueless. No it’s not flattering… But consider this. It’s frequently predicted that The main of Donald trumps voter base… White males who are not educated will suffer most from his promised policies. There’s a certain lack of critical thinking that’s replaced by emotional reasoning that can operate regardless of your level of education. Certain trends in education have replaced That capacity with “teaching to the test”
    I believe this favors supporters of Donald Trump for retirement age
    Voting for candidates you want to reduce /eradicate medicare

  • john griffith November 12, 2016 at 9:02 am

    Please run Wendy…anything to get that Canadian Moran out of office…

  • Kev. November 12, 2016 at 1:15 am

    I think her statement is derogatory. The dog whistle statement being made by democrats around the nation out of anger and bitterness is inflammatory as it is prejudicial. Its suggesting that voters without an advances degree as not smart enough to vote for the right candidate. Lack of advanced degree does not mean an individual is not smart. Bad statement by yet anothet elitist arrogant democratic. These liberal student disobedients running a post election muck nationwide look anything but smart or showing intelligence.

  • Teresa noryian November 12, 2016 at 12:56 am

    I think unless democrats start today to organize on a grass roots level we are never going to win. President Obama took his team across the country and organized the grass roots. Those of us who worked in that grass roots movement were often ridiculed because we were not working within the confines of the Democratic Party structure. Look I’ve been calling for organizing the grass roots movement for over 30 years. It was our refusal to do that, that cost us Tx years ago when we had been a democratic state for ever. No one saw the need to really organize because we had it in the bag. And then the Republicans came along took the mothers against drunk driving and pro life movements playbook and organized their grass roots and went after the evangelicals whose pastors have stood in the pulpit and told their members who to vote for ever since. Not all but certainly enough. They are the tea party cult religion and it’s hard to impossible to get rid of them. Our hope has to be by finding something that really appeals to the masses of other people who are not involved in that cult. Until we stop dismissing that is what is happening and figure out sa way to dilute that vote, I don’t see us winning either. The young people are our best hope because they do believe in climate change and more progressive ideas. Also if congress cuts SS and does privatize Medicare and people are left without any health care, we might pick up more people over the age of 65.

  • MarjG November 11, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Sorry. No. That’s too simplistic and dare I say, elitist. It exemplifies the serious disconnect from the struggles of rural communities that have been suffering. It’s time for some serious introspection on all sides about our assumptions about each other. Everyone is beginning to realize that they’ve been played.

  • Sandra Wright November 11, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Spend the necessary money to have an execelent public school system

  • Mary November 11, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    It’s more complicated, I believe. Regarding education, the most difficult people to “educate,” are the intelligent uneducated. Facts are rarely looked at, but they believe in their own opinions. I don’t mean to generalize given that many people are self educated, and thus willing to read, research and weigh the issues before forming an opinion. Some others don’ t trust other people’s positions ( Trump lied 500 times throughout the election process) and some are one pointed, eg, voting on a few issues such as abortion, gay marriage, stem cell research, etc.
    Disinterest is another problem. I don’t know how these and other impediments could be overcome.

  • Tapati November 11, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    As communities lost jobs their schools also suffered a lack of funding. I see that in my home town in Iowa. We had art and music and great teachers. I recently read this in an article about civics education in The Atlantic: “In a recent survey, more than two-thirds of Americans could not name all three branches of the federal government. Education Secretary John King said only a third of Americans could identify Joe Biden as the vice president or name a single Supreme Court justice. Far worse, declining proportions say that free elections are important in a democratic society.

    “When asked in the World Values Survey in 2011 whether democracy is a good or bad way to run a country, about 17 percent said bad or very bad, up from about 9 percent in the mid-1990s. Among those ages 16 to 24, about a quarter said democracy was bad or very bad, an increase from about 16 percent from a decade and a half earlier. Some 26 percent of millennials said it is “unimportant” that in a democracy people should “choose their leaders in free elections.” Among U.S. citizens of all ages, the proportion who said it would be “fairly good” or “very good” for the “army to rule,” has risen from one in 16 in 1995, to one in six today. ”

    Where this plays into Trump’s candidacy is in discerning the unconstitutional things he declared he would do (ban Muslims) and his lack of knowledge about where a president’s executive power ends and the legislative or judicial branches hold sway. He was also unaware that President Obama had already been challenging China successfully at the World Trade Organization, had deported more undocumented workers than previous presidents with emphasis on criminal behaviors and that the military has a court system. Let’s face it, we don’t emphasize civics like we used to and many Americans don’t follow politics because they find it boring. A lot of Trump voters only knew that Washington was frustrating them (perhaps not even understanding that a jobs bill was blocked that would have provided infrastructure projects for them, blocked by GOP) and they want to send a message or maybe a weapon to fight it. If they realized how little knowledge Trump himself has they might have realized his opponent was more likely to help them.

  • George Grimes November 11, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Does this mean that you believe that Collin County is not a major urban county? I would disagree.

  • Laurette Giardino November 11, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    That’s why republicans keep cutting spending on education.
    Or education system has suffered drastically since Reagan started cutting education as well as George HW & George W Bush cut education and now Trump wants to eliminate the dept of Education.
    Our rating world wide has dropped drastically we use to be #1
    Poor education does not teach or encourage independent thinking and to do your own research to learn the facts. Our population believes anything that is told them without taking the time to learn the truth.

  • Helena Kaar November 11, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    I’m afraid there lies the truth. In rural areas of USA people might not be as aware or even interested about the issues we now are in middle of both I domestic and foreign. The public education funds are limited in many states. On wealthy areas kids are often put into privat schools, they are exposed to critical thinking in families and more aware of what goes on in our country and abroad. I don’t want to generalize , pinpoint but there are substantial differences in color ; middle America red, north east coast and west coast blue. Florida has a lot of older people that traditionally vote red .
    I don’t know why this could happen when more of the population voted for Clinton . I just think there wasn’t anything good available in our large country . Both candidates were bad this time around! Now we have to do our best in very volatile situation with so much chaos all around the world.

  • Anonymous November 11, 2016 at 5:56 pm

    Hey, she ain’t lying! First time in recent history democrats won the college educated white male vote while trumps biggest group of supporters where non college educated white males. They’re saying this election showed one of the biggest education gaps between voters in a long time. Congrats, the dumbing down of America is nearly complete!

  • Gretchen Kesterson November 11, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Our state needs great public schools and real support (like some other states provide) for home schooling. I am so glad that my father was able to go to college on the G.I. bill. He inspired us to go to college. He was a fabulous biology teacher.
    I do not want a state government (like Oklahoma) that ignores the educational needs of our children. Just in case you don’t know what I am talking about, there have been severe cuts to education bringing about a 4 day school week for many Oklahoma schools.

  • Christine Larson November 11, 2016 at 3:27 pm

    I am with you, Wendy Davis!

  • Anonymous November 11, 2016 at 2:51 pm

    Kill the Muslims, kick out the Mexicans, don’t help refugees. Women are inferior. Ethnic groups are the problem in America. Any of this ringing a bell? This was Trump’s campaign in a nutshell. How many educated people do you hear spouting hate and apathetic nonsense like that? Oh and climate change is a myth. Right. I’d have to say that she’s pretty damn accurate in her assessment.

  • Nancy Willingham November 11, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I’m looking for a way to make things better. I have so much respect for you Wendy and I’d like to help you to the next step when the time comes. I don’t have much time, but I will find a way to help.

  • Marie D November 11, 2016 at 11:59 am

    I think under-educated is an awkward phrase, but accurate. She is _NOT_ saying stupid or brainwashed. The point here is that public policies, etc. are complicated. Citizens/voters need to understand the history/background of issues, and the implications/outcomes for certain decisions. Americans (and I mean all Americans) need to go beyond a phrase or slogan, look at issues from all directions, and then make informed decisions. I am an educator, and sadly, this does not occur among many students today. They are accustomed to quick answers (Google and Wikipedia, anyone?) and have difficulty finding the time (inclination?) to dig deep into a topic in order to create a critical analysis of the topic. So, yes, we need to improve education. The students of today are the voters, educators, business owners, politicians, public servants, environmental protectors, energy workers, medical professionals, etc., etc. of the future.

  • Ann November 11, 2016 at 11:37 am

    So all those counties in south Texas that always go blue are full of highly educated people?!?! NO! It’s full of illegal immigrants and the children of illegal immmigrants who the Democratic Party has decided is their new electorate and therefore is willing to give away the education, jobs, and healthcare of Texas’ rightful citizens. Harris county BARELY flipped blue and that probably had to do with the millions Soros dumped into this particular county. Taco trucks litterlly were registering illegal immigrants to vote and I know this because I live in Harris county and I saw it. The democratic legacy isn’t education! It’s selling the entire country to the highest bidder all in the name of power! That’s why you lost this election because the American people are fed up!

  • Anonymous November 11, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Wendy isn’t calling Republicans stupid, she is saying that they have been failed by the education system. Were they properly educated with current textbooks and better resources and more inclusive schools then they wouldn’t have voted the way they do. Trump himself said that the economy does better under Democrats. He also said that when he ran he would run Republican because they are stupid enough to elect him.

  • Gregory Montoya November 11, 2016 at 9:37 am

    “Let’s face it, Republicans were rewarded by an under-educated electorate,” she says.
    Such a condescending remark. It’s too difficult for her to accept that people with a different opinion could have arrived there in a logical manner. It’s too hard for her to accept that people with less schooling could offer intelligent perspectives that are opposite to her own. (

  • Gregory Montoya November 11, 2016 at 8:56 am

    “Let’s face it, Republicans were rewarded by an under-educated electorate,” she says.
    Such a condescending remark. It’s too difficult for her to accept that people with a different opinion could have arrived there in a logical manner. It’s too hard for her to accept that people with less schooling could offer intelligent perspectives that are opposite to her own.

  • Rick November 10, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    Republicans are stupid? Isn’t that what she is saying. Republicans were rewarded by an under-educated electorate. If you are not a liberal you are stupid. LOL Wendy that will get you a lot of votes in the future.

    • Anonymous November 11, 2016 at 8:05 am

      People who choose a candidate without understanding any factchecking, without reading any primary sources, and who just believe what a candidate says are, absolutely, stupid. If I ask you why you hate a candidate and all you can come with is “She’s a criminal” or “She is corrupt” but don’t have a single true example of this, then yes, you are stupid. If you tell me you voted for a candidate because “He tells the truth” when he has been caught lying thousands of times, then yes , you are stupid.

    • Anonymous November 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm

      Years ago I was a student teacher told I could start the next day. So I went home to read the assigned text to see what I would be teaching. To my shick, I was reading fiction not history. I was up late that night pulling out my own history books (the ones written with documented primary sources) When I asked how a text could be so in error I learned that conservatives especially in Texas were the ones regularly reviewing and revising history. Scientific facts aren’t the only ones they intend to supress

    • Anonymous November 11, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      You are showing your lack of education, you don’t know the difference between ignorance and stupidity!

    • Anonymous November 11, 2016 at 10:57 pm

      No, age did not say stupid, she said uneducated. Reading 101, oh you must be one of the uneducated, apologies.

    • Anonymous November 12, 2016 at 12:30 pm

      They elected Trump. Evidence suggests it is true statement.

    • Anonymous November 13, 2016 at 8:23 am

      Thought that brutal honesty is what yalol voted for?

    • Anonymous November 13, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      Truth hurts

    • Anonymous November 13, 2016 at 2:33 pm

      The education offered to a person has nothing to do with that person’s ability to learn. She didn’t say Republicans were stupid. She said the country is under-educated, meaning they are taught reading and math, but not how to think.

    • Anonymous November 14, 2016 at 8:48 am

      No, misinformed, which is much more dangerous.

  • Anonymous November 10, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Wow, what a clueless thought process. By “educated”, we can only conclude you meant to say “brainwashed”.

    • Anonymous November 11, 2016 at 11:49 am

      This is my favorite argument against education. When you’ve got no valid points against it, just call it brainwashing.

    • Anonymous November 11, 2016 at 10:47 pm

      By educated she means well-informed. Doing your homework before you vote is being responsible not getting brainwashed.

    • Anonymous November 12, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      You are a prime example. Educated as in someone who reads newspapers and books.

    • Anonymous November 13, 2016 at 5:07 pm

      Actually by UNeducated I think she means brainwashed – the media is no substitution for the rigor of scientific evaluation and study of world history.

  • Tracy Hughes November 10, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    The undereducated is also the blue collar working class. The working class just got tired of Democrats policies and agendas.

    • Sally November 11, 2016 at 8:43 am

      Then there are those of us blue collar educated people. We got tired of Republican wars that killed our children, underfunded education that dumbed down the electorate, encouragement of corporate greed, and the disappearance of the middle class. And, of course, the least inclusive and most expensive medical system of all industrialized countries. But we cannot leave out the most self-serving majority in Congress in history.

    • Anonymous November 11, 2016 at 9:16 pm

      And you know this because you have conducted a thorough scholarly studied to back up you views, or are you just spewing an ill-informed opinion?

    • Anonymous November 13, 2016 at 5:10 pm

      The sad thing there is that the working class are actually tired of republican policies. It’s trickle down economics that started the wage gap explosion, not democrats. However, I concede that democrats should have done WAY more to reverse the trend when in office, rather than kow-towing to corporate interests. But remember, it’s the republicans who want to gut reasonable health care plans and save all tax cuts for the 1%.

  • Bruce Gardner November 10, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Brava Wendy Davis! I hope she’s not the first (or the only one) to make these observations, but she’s the first I’ve heard. I’m 78 and not in the public eye, but I don’t think educated leaders have done enough to empathize with uneducated voters. Educated people should be able to communicate with uneducated people better than the other way around, because educated people were once uneducated, whereas the opposite is not true. The impetus has to come from the educated (elites?), because the target audience either can’t or won’t take the initiative. We have to understand that ignorant people truly believe such untruths as climate denial, evolution and science denial, abortion is murder in every instance, etc. False beliefs arise because people don’t know the truth, so they make up their own versions. That’s why we have myths, fairy tales, conspiracy theories, etc. Those false beliefs have to be eradicated, and it seems to me that it is the responsibility of those of us who know better to lead the effort. But those of us who are not in the public eye need articulate leadership in which we can join. I hope Wendy Davis reconsiders her reluctance to run again, and that she encourages other political leaders to do the same. Such communication is hard, but if politicians and other leaders who are skilled in reaching people will lead the way, perhaps the rest of us will learn how to reach out also.

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