Go Ahead and Mess With Texas
Nate Silver does electoral math for 5 Lone Star States
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Apr 24, 2009 11:28 AM CDT
1839: The flag of the Republic of Texas, the 'Lone Star' state was admitted to the Union in 1845, supposedly with the right to split five ways.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – 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:

  1. New Texas: Centered on Austin, as populous as Kentucky, and split down the middle politically—city vs. suburbs.

  1. Trinity: Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington anchor the richest new state. It's solidly Republican, having favored McCain over Obama, 58% to 42%.
  2. Gulfland: Running from Louisiana to the Rio Grande, Houston's home state would be just a hair more liberal than Trinity.
  3. Plainland: Encompassing the state’s prairies, solid-red Plainland might be the most conservative state in the entire country.
  4. El Norte: El Norte, running along the Rio Grande valley, would be overwhelmingly Hispanic, deeply impoverished, and about 65% Democratic.