We continue our exploration of straight-ticket voting trends in competitive or potentially competitive districts by looking at HD114. Most of the district lies in north Dallas between I-635 and Loop 12, including the North Dallas, Preston Hollow and Vickery Meadow neighborhoods and portions of the Lake Highlands and Northwest Dallas neighborhoods.
As it is drawn today, HD114 remains a friendly place for Republican candidates. Democrats were making progress eroding the Republicans’ advantage, but that forward movement stalled after the 2008 general election.
Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) is seeking his third term. He is opposed by Jim Burke, the information technology chair of the Dallas Co. Democratic Party, and Libertarian Anthony Holan. Neither of his opponents has reported any contributions, and they have no cash on hand.
Republican candidates had a 6,000-vote advantage in straight-ticket voting in HD114’s precincts, an increase of more than 1,800 votes over 2008.
Estimates of the number of straight-ticket and full-ballot votes cast in the 2000, 2004 and 2008 presidential elections and the actual number of those votes in the 2012 presidential election in the precincts currently comprising HD114 are shown below.
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