Texas Democrats Celebrate Gains Made at the Top of the Ticket and Down the Ballot

Texas Democrats Increased Democratic Coalition By 1.3 Million, a 34 percent increase in the number of Democratic voters

Austin, Texas — Texas Democrats celebrate the gains made across the state. In the middle of the biggest pandemic in American history, unprecedented Republican voter suppression, and a wave of new Trump voters, Texas Democrats increased our votes at the top of the ticket by 1.3 million (to over 5.2 million and counting, larger growth than the Republican Party) and won down-ballot races across the state. 

Top of the ticket growth:

  • Increased our votes at the top of the ticket by 1.3 million, a 34 percent increase in the number of Democratic voters
  • Cast the third-most votes for Joe Biden in the country, third to California and Florida
  • Flipped Tarrant County in a presidential election for the first time since 1952.

Important strategic gains and protects:

  • Protected 2018 Congressional gains, re-electing Colin Allred and Lizzie Fletcher
  • Flipped Senate District 19, electing Roland Guiterrez
  • Flipped House District 134, electing Ann Johnson
  • Protected 11 out of the 12 state house seats picked up in 2018
  • Flipped SBOE District 5, electing Rebecca Bell-Metereau
  • Flipped 1st Court Of Appeals District, Place 3, electing Veronica Rivas-Molloy
  • Flipped 5th Court Of Appeals District, Place 3, electing Bonnie Lee Goldstein
  • Flipped 5th Court Of Appeals District, Place 8, electing Dennise Garcia
  • Flipped 5th Court Of Appeals District, Place 6, electing Craig Smith
  • Flipped 1st Court Of Appeals District, Place 5, electing Amparo Monique Guerra 
  • Flipped 8th Court Of Appeals District, Chief Justice, electing Yvonne Rodriguez
  • Flipped 4th Court Of Appeals District,Chief Justice, electing Rebeca Martinez
  • Flipped 3rd Court Of Appeals District, Chief Justice, electing Darlene Byrne

Too close to call:

  • Flip opportunity: Candace Valenzuela for Congressional District 24
  • Flip opportunity: Brandy Chambers for House District 112 

Important down-ballot flips and historic races, see below:

  • Mike Gleason for Williamson Sheriff
  • Mickey Chance for Williamson County Constable Precinct 1
  • Sandra Lee for Tarrant County Constable, Precinct 7
  • Robert J. Mcginty for Tarrant County Constable, Precinct 2
  • Jose Garza for Travis County District Attorney 
  • Martha Dominguez for Bell County Constable Precinct 4
  • Gregory Johnson for Bell County Justice Of The Peace Precinct 4, Place 1
  • Joe Lopez for Falls County Sheriff
  • Nabil Shike for Fort Bend County Constable, Precinct 4
  • Christian Dashaun Menefee for Harris County Attorney
  • Millie Thompson for Hays County Commissioner, No. 3
  • Robert Hernandez for Nueces County Commissioner, Precinct 1
  • Richard Garza for Starr County Constable, Precinct 5

Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

“Although progress can feel slow at times, progress was made in the 2020 November elections. Texas Democrats again cut the statewide gap, broke turnout records, cast the third most votes for Joe Biden out of all 50 states, and won down-ballot races across the state. 

“Importantly, Texas Democrats were able to hold the gains we made in 2016 and 2018, in the face of the biggest pandemic in American history and relentless Republican voter suppression. We stood our ground and marched forward, but we know we can do so much more. 

“It is going to take all hands on deck to turn Texas blue. We must organize every community, communicate our message to voters across the state, and show Texans that our values are theirs. This can be done and we will continue to make the gains necessary to win in 2022. Take heart Texas Democrats, this year we elected good people into office and they will deliver good things for our families and that’s what it’s all about. The movement continues today and the dream has never been more insight than it is now.”

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