When Austin Myers came to Texas from the
Republican outer world in 1900, he refused to shuck his political
convictions just because he found himself surrounded by infidels.
Stubbornly, year after year, he voted the G.O.P. ticket. But last week,
at the age of 100, he enrolled as a Democrat. "I expect to live here
the rest of my life," he said, "and I'm tired of being on the losing
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