Imagine the fustercluck this would cause if Texas successfully voted to secede. Texas becoming an independent country, the trade treatise that would have to be drawn up and agreed on by the US and other countries, no longer receiving aid from the government (hurricanes love our coast), military aid, business flight, etc... Also, the rest of the United States would never allow this to happen. I'll say that Texas has a good mix of both parties. It's slowly moving Democratic but it's very interesting how the Republican party picked up a good chunk of the Hispanic vote. Houston is a great example of a melting pot with so many different people living together. The city leans more liberal but if you don't like to live close by you can always drive in from outside the city from areas that feel more rural and lean conservative. The amount of land here is ridiculous. You're in a good spot in North Padre and luckily you didn't move to Houston and experience I-45. You would of probably committed Seppuku knowing that the drive that should take you no more than 15 minutes is now an hour.