Forty Texas House districts saw one party’s candidate have at least a 20K-vote advantage in straight-party voting for the 2016 general election, up from 27 in 2012. Of the 40 seats, Republicans held the advantage in 27 seats, and Democrats held the advantage in 13. On average, about 60K people voted in a House district, so about a third of House districts had a built-in partisan advantage of at least a third of the vote.
Partisan advantage in straight-party voting exceeded 5K in all but 22 House districts, and it exceeded 1K in all but four districts. Republicans won 20 of those 22 districts, despite facing a straight-party disadvantage in seven of those districts.
Republicans won four seats where the Democratic candidate had an advantage in straight-party voting, and may have won a fifth.
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