Our ongoing look at historical straight-ticket voting in the precincts comprising this year’s competitive or potentially competitive districts focuses on HD93 in Tarrant Co., which encompasses a large swath of northern and eastern Fort Worth, a portion of northern Arlington and the southern tip of Haltom City.
The seat switched partisan hands in 2006, when Paula Hightower Pierson (D-Arlington) upset former eight-term Rep. Toby Goodman (R-Arlington) by 587 votes. It was one of several victories scored by Democrats in the middle of the 2000s with less than a majority vote. Libertarian Max Koch III (who is currently running for Tarrant Co. sheriff as a Libertarian) received just over 3%. Pierson defended the seat in 2008, buoyed by a fairly strong Democratic turnout excited to elect Barack Obama. Two years later, she was defeated by Barbara Nash (R-Arlington) in a race where the winner once again received less than 50% of the vote.
This HD93 is not that HD93.
As it is drawn today, just 15 of today’s precincts in HD93 were in the “old district” used during the last decade. It does, however, contain portions of seven other legislative districts from the last decade, including 13 of today’s precincts taken from now-adjacent HD99, which has been held by Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) since 2001. Not coincidentally, Geren staved off a primary challenge in 2010 from the man who now represents HD93.
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