We have explored the shifts in straight-ticket voting in several of the state’s largest counties and found significant Democratic gains, particularly in Republican-held state House seats, with some exceptions, notably in districts held by African-American Democrats. Today we look at 16 of the Democrat-held House districts of South and far West Texas.
With one exception, Democrats increased their straight-ticket voting advantage over 2012. Outside of El Paso Co., those increases were significantly smaller than the ones seen in the state’s other urban and suburban counties. Nonetheless, Democratic candidates for these House seats enjoyed at least a 7,500-vote advantage in straight-ticket voting this year.
Despite losing ground on balance, the number of straight-ticket Republican votes increased in 13 of the 16 districts by an average of more than 1,200 votes. The exceptions were HD75 (115 fewer), HD77 (132 fewer) and HD79 (467 fewer), all in El Paso Co.
The following charts show the number of straight-ticket Democratic and Republican votes cast in 2016, the change in straight-ticket advantage from 2012 to 2016 and the percentage of the head-to-head vote received by the last two Republican presidential nominees in each district.
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