At least in Collin Co., the so-called “Trump effect” was limited to Trump himself. Democrats gained some ground on Republicans in terms of straight-ticket voters, but full-ballot voters remained friendly to all Republicans not named Trump.
All five House districts featured at least a Republican and Democratic candidate, and the five Republican candidates – four incumbents and an open-seat nominee – combined won 67% of the vote from full-ballot voters, measured head-to-head against their Democratic rivals. Trump narrowly defeated Hillary Clinton, 51%-49%, head-to-head among full-ballot voters. The gap between the House Republicans and Trump among full-ballot voters ranged from 10 percentage points (Justin Holland in HD33) to 24 points (Reps. Matt Shaheen in HD66 and Scott Sanford in HD70).
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