8-12-05 - A nonprofit study shows Austin might have to give way to Dallas as the most liberal city in Texas.
The nonprofit Berkeley, California-based think tank Bay Area Center for Voting Research reports "Big D" is more liberal than Austin, based on results from the 2004 presidential election.
The group ranked 237 cities, placing Dallas at Number 32 nationwide. Austin ranked way back at Number 93, just ahead of Virginia Beach, Virginia and Salt Lake City.
The study found that cities with large black populations tend to turn out for liberal candidates. Yet in 2004, Republican President George W. Bush carried Dallas County with just over 50 percent of the vote to Democrat John Kerry's 49 percent. In Travis County, Kerry easily trumped Bush with 56 percent.
The study also ranked several other Texas cities. Plano stands as the fifth-most-conservative city in the nation. Abilene ranked third and Lubbock was second -- behind only Provo, Utah.
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