Tarrant Co. remains reliably red, but Democrats made minor inroads in straight-ticket voting in several legislative districts. Countywide, the Republicans’ straight-ticket advantage dipped to 54K from 67K in 2012.

Significant increases in the number of straight-ticket Democratic votes failed to make any of the Republican-held districts competitive. The smallest straight-ticket advantage in any Tarrant Co. House district was 6,257 in HD96, where Rep. Bill Zedler (R-Arlington) prevailed, 57%-43%.

The biggest shift toward the Democrats occurred in Rep. Chris Turner’s (D-Arlington) HD101, where the number of straight-ticket Democratic voters grew by more than 4K, increasing the Democrats’ advantage there to 13.5K from 9K in 2012. Democrats gained ground in several Republican-held districts, cutting into large straight-ticket advantages in HD92 (+3,043), HD94 (+3,484) and HD97 (+2,344). All three Republicans – Reps. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford), Tony Tinderholt (R-Arlington) and Craig Goldman (R-Fort Worth), respectively – still enjoyed straight-ticket voting advantages of more than 7.5K.

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