In 1848, Democratic candidate Lewis Cass beat Whig candidate Zachary Taylor to win Texas the first time the state was eligible to vote in a presidential election.Obama also stumbled when he said, "I like Texas." He may have been confused and wanted to say, "I like taxes." Obama then ended with a suitably presidential hissy fit, "Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?"
After that, Democrats won every presidential election in the state until 1928 when Texas went for Republican Herbert Hoover.
In 1860, Abraham Lincoln was not even on the ballot in Texas, and the state was taken by John C. Breckenridge, the southern Democratic candidate. Texas, a slave state, then seceded from the Union.
Woodrow Wilson won Texas twice, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, perhaps the nation's most famous liberal Democratic president, won Texas four straight times. Twice in the 1950s, Dwight D. Eisenhower carried the state, and Republican President Richard Nixon won Texas in his 49-state landslide in 1972.
But it was not until 1980, when the state went to Republican Ronald Reagan, that Texas began consistently voting for Republican presidential candidates.
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