Lone Star schism

The Lone Star State has long been a red bul­wark for the nation­al GOP due to its for­mi­da­ble size, 40 elec­toral votes, and con­ser­v­a­tive influ­ence. Every­one from Tom DeLay to Rick Per­ry to either Pres­i­dent Bush has called Texas home. Yet just a year before anoth­er pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, the state’s Repub­li­cans find them­selves fight­ing one anoth­er.
On Sat­ur­day, Sept. 16, in Austin, the Texas Sen­ate vot­ed to acquit Attor­ney Gen­er­al Ken Pax­ton of all 16 arti­cles of impeach­ment, to the cheers of the Texas Repub­li­can Par­ty and the cha­grin of the Texas House man­agers who levied these charges against him, there­by split­ting the Texas leg­is­la­ture and Repub­li­cans, per­haps more than ever in mod­ern mem­o­ry.
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Paxton’s impeach­ment didn’t cre­ate fault lines under the state par­ty, but it did exac­er­bate them.
On May 27, 2023, the Texas House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives vot­ed 121–23 t …