Dallas Co., one of the birthplaces for the modern Republican Party in Texas, briefly became the epicenter of a Democratic surge in 2008. Buoyed by enthusiasm for then-candidate Barack Obama, Democrats celebrated victories across the county, including flipping three competitive House districts and holding on to a fourth. Two years later, those Obama voters were no-shows, and Republicans reclaimed all four of those seats, improving their numbers in almost every district. The parties held serve in 2012, after redistricting took away two districts.

The county remains home to several of the state’s most competitive districts. It also contains some of the state’s most lopsidedly Democratic districts, which overall makes the county friendly toward Democratic candidates. This year, the fates of several statewide campaigns may rest on the ability of Democrats to turn out voters – particularly straight-ticket voters – across the county.

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