Nearly 40K more Travis Co. residents cast straight-ticket Democratic votes this year than in 2012, and Democrats pushed their advantage in straight-ticket voting to at least 14K in five of the six state House districts and at least 21K in three of them.
Republicans hold a straight-ticket advantage only in HD47, the lone Republican-held seat among the Travis Co. House delegation. Rep. Paul Workman (R-Austin) won re-election by 12 points even though Democrats cut his party’s 2012 straight-ticket advantage nearly in half. Just over 7K more straight-ticket Democratic votes were cast in HD47 this year than in 2012. The gain in straight-ticket Republican votes was just over 1K. More than 40% of all straight-ticket Republican votes cast in the county came from HD47.
President-elect Trump narrowly carried HD47 over Hillary Clinton by just over 2K votes. Clinton won 57% of the full-ballot vote head-to-head against Trump in the district. Workman also received 57% of the full-ballot vote head-to-head against his opponent, which translates into roughly one out of every seven full-ballot voters choosing Clinton and Workman.
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