An obscure provision of Texas statehood gives it the right to split into five smaller states, writes Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com. He outlines the potential new entities:
- New Texas: Centered on Austin, as populous as Kentucky, and split down the middle politically—city vs. suburbs.
- Trinity: Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington anchor the richest new state. It's solidly Republican, having favored McCain over Obama, 58% to 42%.
- Gulfland: Running from Louisiana to the Rio Grande, Houston's home state would be just a hair more liberal than Trinity.
- Plainland: Encompassing the state’s prairies, solid-red Plainland might be the most conservative state in the entire country.
- El Norte: El Norte, running along the Rio Grande valley, would be overwhelmingly Hispanic, deeply impoverished, and about 65% Democratic.