The Travis County Vote

By region

PRESIDENT Total Central North Northeast South Southeast West
Barack Obama 253,278 (64.1%) 40,925 (74.9%) 31,885 (62.0%) 47,621 (71.2%) 41,037 (72.6%) 26,740 (76.8%) 65,070 (49.8%)
John McCain 136,671 (34.6%) 12,935 (23.7%) 18,750 (36.5%) 18,508 (27.7%) 14,725 (26.0%) 7,679 (22.0%) 64,074 (49.0%)
Bob Barr 4,915 (1.2%) 740 (1.4%) 766 (1.5%) 692 (1.0%) 772 (1.4%) 411 (1.2%) 1,534 (1.2%)
U.S. SENATOR
Rick Noriega 228,040 (58.6%) 35,204 (67.9%) 28,230 (57.5%) 44,500 (67.3%) 37,520 (67.1%) 25,172 (73.1%) 57,414 (43.5%)
John Cornyn 145,213 (37.3%) 14,173 (27.3%) 18,514 (37.7%) 19,330 (29.2%) 15,587 (27.9%) 7,769 (22.6%) 69,840 (52.9%)
Yvonne A. Schick 16,222 (4.2%) 2,493 (4.8%) 2,348 (4.8%) 2,324 (3.5%) 2,815 (5.0%) 1,491 (4.3%) 4,751 (3.6%)
STRAIGHT PARTY
Democratic 124,796 (64.4%) 18,315 (73.9%) 15,433 (62.4%) 27,836 (75.1%) 19,969 (74.4%) 15,937 (80.4%) 27,306 (45.2%)
Republican 66,303 (34.2%) 6,048 (24.4%) 8,896 (35.9%) 8,854 (23.9%) 6,503 (24.2%) 3,630 (18.3%) 32,372 (53.6%)
Libertarian 2,596 (1.3%) 409 (1.7%) 418 (1.7%) 377 (1.0%) 383 (1.4%) 250 (1.3%) 759 (1.3%)
TRAVIS CO. SHERIFF
Greg Hamilton 232,249 (62.3%) 34,996 (69.3%) 29,208 (60.3%) 46,093 (71.5%) 37,425 (69.6%) 24,907 (74.6%) 59,620 (48.7%)
Raymond Frank 116,068 (31.1%) 11,504 (22.8%) 15,811 (32.7%) 14,962 (23.2%) 12,253 (22.8%) 6,286 (18.8%) 55,252 (45.2%)
David McDaniel 24,644 (6.6%) 4,026 (8.0%) 3,389 (7.0%) 3,449 (5.3%) 4,111 (7.6%) 2,216 (6.6%) 7,453 (6.1%)
TRAVIS CO. TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR
Nelda Wells Spears 255,959 (67.3%) 37,445 (73.0%) 32,889 (66.4%) 48,760 (74.7%) 40,645 (74.1%) 26,277 (77.9%) 69,943 (55.6%)
Don Zimmerman 104,783 (27.5%) 10,631 (20.7%) 14,056 (28.4%) 13,756 (21.1%) 10,767 (19.6%) 5,686 (16.8%) 49,887 (39.7%)
Mike Burris 19,628 (5.2%) 3,235 (6.3%) 2,566 (5.2%) 2,741 (4.2%) 3,427 (6.2%) 1,786 (5.3%) 5,873 (4.7%)


The Travis County Vote

The GOP's last stronghold: While Barack Obama won every area of the county, in downballot races, the huge western section of Travis County had consistently higher Republican percentages, often double their percentages in other regions. In races from senator, down through sheriff and tax collector, almost half of the county's GOP vote came from the west.

Still, Democrats won the two big western Travis Co. races in each case by staying close in the far west and piling up big margins in the very liberal near-south precincts.

STATE REP., District 47 Total Central North Northeast South Southeast West
Karen Huber 67,679 (48.5%) 1,684 (80.4%) 6,165 (50.6%) x 15,677 (62.5%) x 44,153 (44.1%)
Gerald Daugherty 64,693 (46.4%) 277 (13.2%) 5,462 (44.8%) x 7,912 (31.5%) x 51,042 (51.0%)
Wes Benedict 7,088 (5.1%) 134 (6.4%) 554 (4.5%) x 1,497 (6.0%) x 4,903 (4.9%)
TRAVIS CO. COMMISSIONER, Precinct 3
Valinda Bolton 45,253 (51.2%) x x x 17,837 (63.4%) 1,794 (50.4%) 25,622 (45.2%)
Donna Keel 43,116 (48.8%) x x x 10,275 (36.6%) 1,766 (49.6%) 31,075 (54.8%)


The Prop. 2 vote had no geographical clarity. It carried, by small margins, the south and southeast regions, which makes sense if you consider it a liberal issue. But it failed, by even smaller margins, in the equally liberal northeast and central regions. Have the central precincts ever been 50%-49% on anything?

CITY, PROP. 2 Total Central North Northeast South Southeast West
AGAINST 133,128 (52.0%) 23,719 (50.8%) 21,067 (55.2%) 13,866 (51.4%) 22,004 (47.2%) 12,463 (47.6%) 36,357 (56.4%)
FOR 122,964 (48.0%) 22,967 (49.2%) 17,086 (44.8%) 13,132 (48.6%) 24,628 (52.8%) 13,708 (52.4%) 28,159 (43.6%)

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