For the second straight election cycle, a Democrat has won the very top race on the ballot in Tarrant Co. President-elect Joe Biden narrowly carried the county over President Trump, 49.3%-49.1%, a margin of just under 2K votes. Two years ago, former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-El Paso) edged out U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R), 49.9%-49.2%, a margin of just over 4K votes.

In both elections, every other Republican running countywide won. Aside from Democrat Beverly Powell (D-Burleson) ousting Sen. Konni Burton (R-Colleyville) in 2018, Republicans retained every county, judicial, legislative and congressional seat they held coming into those elections.

“One false narrative that keeps circulating is that Tarrant County turned blue this election,” said Tarrant Co. Republican chair Rick Barnes in a November 24 statement. “That claim could not be further from the truth … The fact is that Tarrant County remains the largest red county in the country, and we will be for years to come.”

Aside from the U.S. Senate race, the average Republican running countywide in 2018 received 52.8% of the vote, measured head-to-head against the Democrat.

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