Our look into straight-ticket voting trends in today’s competitive or potentially competitive districts shifts to Southeast Texas with HD144 in Harris Co. Comprised of portions of Baytown, Deer Park, Houston, Pasadena and South Houston, HD144 has switched partisan representation twice in four years.

It was held for a long time by former Rep. Robert Talton (R-Pasadena), but the seat is now more of a toss-up after it was redrawn in 2011. A combination of low turnout and close straight-ticket voting between the parties makes the seat competitive.

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