We continue our look into straight ticket voting trends in competitive or potentially competitive districts by exploring one of the highest turnout districts in Texas: HD134. The district is comprised of the Houston neighborhoods of Braeswood Place, Lazybrook, River Oaks, Timbergrove and Upper Kirby and the cities of Bellaire, Southside Place and West University Place. More than 81K district residents cast votes in 2012.
Republican candidates have the advantage in straight-ticket voting, but the sheer number of full-ballot voters can easily overcome such advantages if the voters are so inclined. We normally think of low turnout districts as being unpredictable. In the case of HD134, it is the high turnout that makes its electorate capable of producing surprise results.