When we say “East Dallas”, we are referring to the area of the map which is inside 635, north of I-30, and east of 75—which is where the FEDDs focused their efforts. We do not mean the entire eastern section of Dallas County.
East Dallas was predominantly red in the 2014 Senate race; however, it shifted to primarily blue in the 2018 Senate race, with precincts in Lake Highlands being the only exception.
North Dallas, conversely, remained almost entirely red, from the Park Cities through Preston Hollow, Northwood Hills, & Prestonwood.
In the U.S. Senate race, Beto O’Rourke saw gains of 5+ percentage points in many of the most populous counties in Texas, including those in or near Dallas/Ft. Worth, San Antonio, Austin, and El Paso.
Ted Cruz’s gains of +5 percentage points occurred in very rural/unpopulated counties, with the exception of Laredo.
(Note: This graphic originally printed in the Nov 11, 2018 Austin American-Statesman with the following caption: Compared to the 2016 presidential election, Beto O'Rourke outperformed HIllary Clinton in 197 counties, including 105 where Ted Cruz also outperformed President Donald Trump. some of O'Rourke's largest gains were in Central TX counties. Williamson and Hays counties flipped from supporting Trump.
Sources: Texas Sec of State: maps4news.com
Beto won by a sizable margin in the 30 largest counties that account for 79% of the state’s population… 54% of the vote vs. Cruz’s 46%.
This unfortunately wasn’t enough to overcome Cruz’s substantial win in the remaining 224 rural counties where he garnered 73% of the vote… even though only 21% of the state’s total population resides here.
While the state map on the right clearly shows that the majority of US House districts in Texas are held by Republicans, the map on the left shows a very promising trend – districts in the most populated area of the state (DFW to San Antonio to Houston) saw a favorable shift in Democrats’ share of the total vote of between 11 and 20 percentage points.
At the same time, only one district saw a favorable shift to Republicans of 1 to 5 percentage points.
Jeb Hensarling ran unopposed by a Democrat in 2016, hence the sea of red in the map on the left.
The map on the right shows that Dan Wood won all East Dallas precincts with the exception of Lake Highlands. Even though he won the majority of the vote in Dallas County, it was not enough to offset the strong Republican vote in rural East Texas.
East Dallas was primarily red during the 2014 race for District 32, which is the last time Pete Sessions had a challenger. However, 2018 saw Colin Allred turn this area virtually blue, with the exception of precincts in Lake Highlands and precinct 2036.
Similar to the US Senate race, North Dallas remained almost entirely red.
Republican candidate for Texas State Senate District 2 ran unopposed in 2014 which is the shown in the map on the left.
Kendall Scudder carried all but one precinct in East Dallas during the 2018 race; however, it was not enough to offset the strong Republican vote in rural areas east of Dallas.
Similar to Colin Allred, Nathan Johnson won all of East Dallas with the exception of precincts in Lake Highlands and precinct 2036.
And like Beto and Colin’s races, North Dallas remained almost entirely red from the Park Cities through Preston Hollow, Northwood Hills & Prestonwood.
There was no challenger for this seat in 2014, and this senate district did not exist in 2010—which is why we only show one map.
Victoria Neave was able to fend off a muckraking opponent to maintain her seat in District 107 of the Texas House. FEDDS showed strong support at early voting locations to ensure voters were not intimidated by her opponent’s aggressive tactics. Even with such strong opposition, Victoria picked up an additional four East Dallas precincts versus her 2016 race!
Victoria’s staff thanked the FEDDs for helping turn more precincts blue.
There was no Democratic challenger in this race in 2016 which is shown in the map on the left.
In 2018, Joanna Cattanach lost in a very close race against Republican incumbent Morgan Meyer, who was unopposed in 2016. However, she won all but one precinct in East Dallas (2036).
The map on the left shows the results of the 2016 primary when Republican incumbent Villalba defeated his Democratic challenger.
John Turner was able to flip this Texas House seat by defeating conservative Lisa Luby Ryan (who defeated Villalba in the Republican primary).
John won all East Dallas precincts except those in Lake Highlands, changing several precincts from red to blue.