We continue our look into how straight-ticket voting has played out historically in today’s more competitive districts. We started with HD107 in Dallas Co. earlier this week and today we look at nearby HD105. The district has produced some famously close elections in recent cycles, most notably a 19-vote win by then-incumbent Rep. Linda Harper-Brown (R-Irving) in 2008. If 20 more people had voted for Democrat Bob Romano, then an equal number of Democrats and Republicans would have been sworn into the Texas House of Representatives two months later.
The district was redrawn in 2011. On balance, it is friendlier to Republicans than the old configuration would have been, but the addition of numerous Grand Prairie precincts ultimately cost Harper-Brown a close primary in 2014.