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In this week's edition — Here's a look at how the margins of victory shifted from 2016 to 2018 in some of Texas' most competitive state house seats.
February 7, 2020
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After Beto O’Rourke’s aggressive campaign invigorated liberal voters and yielded higher Democrat turnout in the 2018 cycle, 12 Texas House districts flipped from red to blue while the margins of victory in some other traditionally Republican districts shrunk considerably. 

Here’s a look at the difference in margins between the 2016 and 2018 general elections in 19 of the hottest Texas House races this cycle.

House District 45 — Blanco and Hays Counties

2016:

  • Jason Isaac (R): 100.00%

2018:

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  • Erin Zwiener (D): 51.60%
  • Ken Strange (R): 48.40%

House District 47 — Travis County

2016:

  • Paul Workman (R): 53.58%
  • Ana Jordan (D): 41.69%
  • Scott G. McKinlay (L): 4.73%

2018:

  • Vikki Goodwin (D): 52.40%
  • Paul Workman (R): 47.60%

House District 52 — Williamson County

2016:

  • Larry Gonzales (R): 75.51%
  • Henry Knetsar (L): 24.49%

2018:

  • Cynthia Flores (R): 48.27%
  • James Talarico (D): 51.73%

House District 65 — Denton County

2016:

  • Ron Simmons (R): 56.26%
  • Alex Mendoza (D): 43.74%

2018:

  • Ron Simmons (R): 48.84%
  • Michelle Beckley (D): 51.16%

House District 66 — Collin County

2016:

  • Matt Shaheen (R): 57.39%
  • Gnanse Nelson (D): 38.73%
  • Shawn W. Jones (L): 3.88%

2018:

  • Matt Shaheen (R): 50.29%
  • Sharon Hirsch (D): 49.71%

House District 67 — Collin County

2016:

  • Jeff Leach (R): 56.63%
  • Scott Coleman (D): 39.68%
  • Ray Brewer (L): 3.69%

2018:

  • Jeff Leach (R): 51.15%
  • Sarah Depew (D): 48.85%

House District 92 — Tarrant County

2016:

  • Jonathan Stickland (R): 55.64%
  • Kim K. Leach (D): 38.74%
  • Leah Sees (L): 3.79%
  • Travis Christal (GRN): 1.83%

2018:

  • Jonathan Stickland (R): 49.82%
  • Steve Riddell (D): 47.43%
  • Eric P. Espinoza (L): 2.75%

House District 96 — Tarrant County

2016:

  • Bill Zedler (R): 56.98%
  • Sandra D. Lee (D): 43.02%

2018:

  • Bill Zedler (R): 50.84%
  • Ryan E. Ray (D): 47.21%
  • Stephen Parmer (L): 1.95%

House District 102 — Dallas County

2016:

  • Linda Koop (R): 54.66%
  • Laura Irvin (D): 45.34%

2018:

  • Linda Koop (R): 47.12%
  • Ana-Maria Ramos (D): 52.88%

House District 105 — Dallas County

2016:

  • Rodney Anderson (R): 50.07%
  • Terry Meza (D): 49.93%

2018:

  • Rodney Anderson (R): 45.26%
  • Terry Meza (D): 54.74%

House District 108 — Dallas County

2016:

  • Morgan Meyer (R): 72.50%
  • Scott Smith (L): 27.50%

2018:

  • Morgan Meyer (R): 50.14%
  • Joanna Cattanach (D): 49.86%

House District 112 — Dallas County

2016:

  • Angie Chen Button (R): 57.22%
  • Jack Blackshear (D): 42.78%

2018: 

  • Angie Chen Button (R): 51.04%
  • Brandy K Chambers (D): 48.96%

House District 113 — Dallas County

2016:

  • Cindy Burkett (R): 55.16%
  • Rhetta Andrews Bowers (D): 44.84%

2018:

  • Jonathan Boos (R): 46.52%
  • Rhetta Bowers (D): 53.48%

House District 114 — Dallas County

2016:

  • Jason Villalba (R): 55.72%
  • Jim Burke (D): 40.57%
  • Anthony Holan (L): 3.71%

2018: 

  • Lisa Luby Ryan (R): 44.35%
  • John Turner (D): 55.65%

House District 115 — Dallas County

2016:

  • Matt Rinaldi (R): 50.89%
  • Dorotha M. Ocker (D): 49.11%

2018:

  • Matt Rinaldi (R): 43.21%
  • Julie Johnson (D): 56.79%

House District 132 — Harris County

2016:

  • Mike Schofield (R): 80.23%
  • Phil Kurtz (L): 19.77%

2018:

  • Mike Schofield (R): 49.09%
  • Gina Calanni (D): 49.26%
  • Daniel Arevalo (L): 1.66%

House District 135 — Harris County

2016:

  • Gary Elkins (R): 54.85%
  • Jesse A. Ybanez (D): 45.15%

2018:

  • Gary Elkins (R): 47.65%
  • Jon Rosenthal (D): 50.81%
  • Paul Bilyeu (L): 1.55%

House District 136 — Williamson County

2016:

  • Tony Dale (R): 55.00%
  • Paul R. Gordon (D): 45.00%

2018:

  • Tony Dale (R): 43.73%
  • John Bucy III (D): 53.37%
  • Zack Parks (L): 2.90%

House District 138 — Harris County

2016:

  • Dwayne Bohac (R): 100.00%

2018: 

  • Dwayne Bohac (R): 50.03%
  • Adam Milasincic (D): 49.93%
  • Demetrius Walker (W-I): 0.04%

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