“I don’t think it means conservatives are dead,” Hall said. “I think it means in those districts we have people who identify more as Democrat, including a lot of people who moved in from California and brought their values with them.” Hall said it’s too soon to know whether this year’s results will make it harder to get conservative candidates on the ballot again in two years. He pointed to Huffines’ district as an example, noting that although the now-ousted senator didn’t face a Democrat challenger when he was first elected in 2014, by the presidential elections in 2016, Hillary Clinton won that area with double-digit margins. “If you’re deep in Dallas County — which gets bluer all the time — it doesn’t matter what your values are,” Hall said. “That’s almost irrelevant because people are going to show up and vote Democrat no matter what. That’s a steep, uphill climb and it wouldn’t matter who was supporting him.” And a changing Texas means not only spending more money campaigning, but also frequent gut-checks to see if a candidate’s message aligns with what voters want, and thinking about reversing a nearly two-decade trend of moving ever more conservative. “For the Republicans, right now they are doing some serious soul searching on what the future holds and if they need to be fielding more moderates,” said Sherri R. Greenberg, a clinical professor of state and local government at the University of Texas.