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Wendy Davis: Trump benefited from ‘under-educated’ voters

Wendy Davis, showed here in 2014, says Trump and Republicans benefit from an “under-educated electorate” in Texas. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner)
Wendy Davis, showed here in 2014, says Trump and Republicans benefit from an “under-educated electorate” in Texas. (Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner) Star-Telegram

Wendy Davis, the former Democratic state senator and gubernatorial candidate from Fort Worth, believes there is a deeper reason Texas stayed red in Tuesday’s election, even as most of its urban areas voted for Hillary Clinton.

“Let’s face it, Republicans were rewarded by an undereducated electorate,” Davis told the Texas Standard, a public radio program, on Thursday. “And I don’t think it’s too cynical to say that the true right-wing conspiracy in this country is the undereducation of the populace. It has benefited them and it is not an accidental outcome.”

Tarrant was the only urban county in Texas that President-elect Donald Trump won Tuesday. He received 41 percent of votes or less in Harris, Travis, Dallas, Bexar and El Paso counties.

“What we see really is a state with two highly different populations,” Davis told the radio show.

As for her own career, Davis said it’s “too soon to tell” if she would consider running for Ted Cruz’s Senate seat in two years. Here’s the full interview:

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