Our ongoing look at straight-ticket voting trends in competitive or potentially competitive districts shifts to HD113 on the eastern edge of Dallas Co. Comprised of portions of Balch Springs, Dallas, Garland, Mesquite and Rowlett and all of Seagoville and Sunnyvale, the Republican-friendly district exhibits high rates of straight-ticket voting. More than seven out of every 10 ballots cast here in 2012 were straight-ticket votes. Five other Dallas Co. districts saw a higher rate of straight-ticket voting that year, and they are all represented by Democrats.
Rep. Cindy Burkett (R-Sunnyvale) is seeking her fourth term overall and third representing HD113 (She originally represented HD101.). No Democrat ran against her in 2012, and she defeated her 2014 Democratic opponent by nearly 5,600 votes. This year she faces a spirited, but as yet lightly financed, challenge from Rowlett community organizer Rhetta Andrews Bowers. There are no minor party candidates in the race.
Burkett reported raising $130K since her primary victory over Garland attorney Johnathan Boos. She has $72K on hand. Bowers reported raising less than $13K since January 1 and has $11K on hand. Almost all of Bowers’s contributions came in the form of small donations from individuals, but many are outside of the district. Bowers has less on hand and has raised less money than Burkett’s 2014 opponent.
As they have in several other Dallas Co. districts, Democrats have made headway in HD113. The number of Democratic straight-ticket votes doubled from 2000 to 2012. The number of Republican straight-ticket voters rebounded from a drop-off in 2008 but was still under 1K votes short of the 2004 peak. In that year, Republicans had an 8,500-vote advantage in straight-ticket voting in the precincts currently comprising HD113.
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