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.