We have been exploring shifts in straight-ticket voting in the state’s most populous counties, and in the state House districts therein, since the general election. For the most part, so far we have seen Democratic gains, particularly in districts won by Republican legislators and legislators-elect. Today we turn out attention to Montgomery Co., where more than seven out of every 10 voters cast a straight-ticket ballot.
All four parties set records for the number of straight-ticket votes cast in this fast-growing county, but Republicans posted the biggest increase over 2012, increasing their advantage to more than 87K votes countywide. Straight-ticket Republican votes represented 56% of all votes cast in the county, which is actually down 4% from 2012 but still enough to guarantee any Republican a win in a countywide race.
None of the three legislators representing the county – Reps. Cecil Bell Jr. (R-Magnolia), Mark Keough (R-The Woodlands) and Will Metcalf (R-Conroe) – were opposed by a Democratic candidate this year, and none would have faced a significant challenge if they had been. The districts won by Bell and Metcalf grew redder, but Keough’s district turned slightly less red.