Anyone that keeps up with the news and politics knows that there are three kinds of states. The first is ‘blue’ states, which tend to lean left politically and are very consistently places that go for Democrat-party presidential candidates. Of course, it’s not a given that their governor and senators will be Democrats, but it tends to be a good rule of thumb.
On the other end of the spectrum are ‘red’ states that are safe Electoral College votes for Republican candidates for President. These places are more conservative in their beliefs.
In between, you have ‘purple’ or ‘battleground’ states that might swing both ways in any given election cycle.
As you look at a map of the United States, if it tracks such tendencies and colors, then you’re likely going to notice that the largest blue state is California, the largest purple/battleground state is usually Florida, and the biggest red state is Texas.
The Lone Star State is not just a reliably win in the Republican column for presidential races, but it has actually produced a few presidents of its own in the Bush family.
That’s not to say that all of Texas is red though. While a very conservative place, there are liberal pockets, such as Austin. This capital city of the state is home to several institutions of higher education and the headquarters of a number of businesses, corporations, and companies whose employees tend to lean left.
The arts and culture scene of Austin is something else that might help it skew left of the rest of the state. While there are certainly traditional or conservative musical acts and genres in Austin, many other newer or more liberal genres, styles of music, bands, and artists either record here or visit for shows.