Denton Co. voters cast a record number of straight-ticket Republican and straight-ticket Democratic votes in this year’s general election, and Republicans retained 94% of their countywide straight-ticket vote advantage. Two Texas House districts got a little redder, but Democrats closed the gap in one district, making it potentially competitive in 2020.

Rep. Ron Simmons

Rep. Ron
Simmons

In HD65, the Republicans’ advantage in straight-ticket voting was reduced to just 3,121 votes, down more than 4,400 votes from 2012, because nearly 5K more straight-ticket Democratic votes were cast than in 2012. The shift toward the Democrats in this district was larger than the countywide shift, so the Democrats’ gains in the county were effectively limited to just HD65.

Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Lewisville) defeated his Democratic opponent, 56%-44%, in a district that President-elect Trump narrowly carried over Hillary Clinton. Mitt Romney received 59% of the vote head-to-head against President Obama in this district in 2012, 7.4 percentage points better than Trump.

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