Our exploration of straight-ticket voting trends in competitive or potentially competitive districts turns to Republican-leaning HD43, where Rep. J.M. Lozano (R-Kingsville), who was first elected as a Democrat, is seeking his fourth term.

HD43 is today comprised of Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg and San Patricio Cos., which wrap around Nueces Co. on the South Texas coast. Three of them have reliably voted for Republicans at the top of the ballot since at least 2000, and Republicans have become increasingly competitive at the local level in all four counties.

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