We continue our look into how straight-ticket voting has played out historically in today’s more competitive districts. We started in Dallas Co. with HD102HD105 and HD107. Today we shift to Bexar Co. to look at HD117, a district that has changed partisan hands five times since 2002. Two of those partisan changes occurred despite a disadvantage in straight-ticket voting.

Rep. Rick Galindo

Rep. Rick
Galindo

Philip Cortez

Philip
Cortez

HD117 is today held by freshman Rep. Rick Galindo (R-San Antonio), who faces a rematch against the Democrat he wrested the seat from, former Rep. Philip Cortez (D-San Antonio). Galindo won the 2014 general election, 53%-47%, over Cortez, who won the 2012 general election, 54%-46%, over former Rep. John Garza (R-San Antonio). There are no minor party candidates in the race.

The district is comprised of unincorporated western Bexar Co., Helotes, Von Ormy and a portion of southwestern San Antonio surrounding Lackland Air Force Base. As it is drawn today, HD117 was carried by George W. Bush in 2000 and 2004, and Barack Obama won the district’s current precincts in 2008 and 2012.

Democrats had an advantage in straight-ticket voting in three of those four years, but Republicans had a slight advantage in 2004. The Democrats’ largest advantage (~2,900 votes) came in 2008, and most of that advantage carried forward to 2012. A Bexar Co. Democrat has won this seat in each presidential election year since 1972, though it has been redrawn several times during that streak. A Republican has won the seat in three of the past four gubernatorial election years.

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