Blue Dog Democrats are Yellow Dog Democrats that hold to traditional, moderate-to-conservative-views on certain issues based upon deeply held personal, cultural or religious beliefs, and may otherwise be progressive and populist, but have been “choked blue” by increasing Party opposition to these views. Anyone that believes that classical liberalism and traditional conservatism * are not always mutually exclusive are encouraged to join us.
62% of voters in the 2008 Texas Democratic Primary describe thier ideology as moderate or conservative. Much of this increase is from a significant increase of independent voters. Independent voters increased from 20% in 2004 to 25% in 2008 of the Texas Democratic Primary voters. Republican voters increased from 5% to 9%, and despite all the talk of Republicans voting for Clinton to create conflict, Obama actually received more Republican votes than Clinton (The Texas Blue Dog Coalition is not endorsing a Primary candidate, we encourage our members to support the candidate of their choice). Also, there is no question that the Clinton and Obama contest has generated much activity; however, we feel strongly that much of the increase in Conservative Independent and Republican voting is due to down ballot local and County races where we have strong Democratic candidates and incumbents that represent districts with current Republican voting indexes. For example, 33 Texas State Representative districts with current Republican voting indexes are represented by Democrats.
Source of 2008 Exit Poll: http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2008/primaries/results/epolls/#TXDEM
2004 Texas Priamry Exit Polls: 55% of voters in the 2004 Texas Democratic Primary describe their ideology as moderate or conservative.