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Travis County Democrats felt the sting of defeat Tuesday night at the Driskill. (Photo by John Anderson)

The little blue dot in the sea of red: Rarely has that been truer for Travis County than in the wake of the 2014 statewide rout of Democrats.

There was a slight turnout bump over the last midterm election in 2010, both in raw numbers (268,568, up from 240,745) and actual percentage of registered voters (41.2% vs. 39.9%). The good news for the Democrats was that there were more straight-ticket voters going their way, up to 80,016 from 69,703 four years ago. Meanwhile, Republican straight-ticket voters in Travis County actually declined (46,894 down to 44,204).

But with the rampant gerrymandering of the congressional districts, the county's vote was so diluted across five districts that GOP incumbents Bill Flores, Michael McCaul, Lamar Smith, and Roger Williams all held their seats. Then again, so did Democrat Lloyd Doggett, even though his district is more heavily anchored in San Antonio than Austin.

At the county level, the Dems held sway, with Sarah Eckhardt easily winning the county judge race. She'll be joined on the county commission by returning incumbent Margaret Gómez, and commissioner-elect Brigid Shea. And, in a moment of deepening blue amid the deepening depression over the statewide results, the Dems actually made one gain: Randall Slagle becomes Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace, beating GOPer Glenn Bass, who only ran for the office in 2010 because he was pushed out of a House race primary.




Federal Offices

U.S. SENATOR: TRAVIS CO. / STATEWIDE
John Cornyn* (R): 97,834 (37.1%) / 2,844,450 (61.6%)
David Alameel (D): 147,495 (56.0%) / 1,586,091 (34.3%)
Rebecca Paddock (L): 12,326 (4.7%) / 132,896 (2.9%)
Emily "Spicybrown" Sanchez: 5,911 (2.2%) / 54,213 (1.2%)

U.S. REP D10
Michael McCaul* (R): 26,808 (39.7%) / 109,311 (62.2%)
Tawana Walter-Cadien (D): 36,944 (54.7%) / 60,020 (34.1%)
Bill Kelsey (L): 3,784 (5.6%) / 6,476 (3.7%)

U.S. REP D17
Bill Flores* (R): 10,228 (36.6%) / 85,085 (64.6%)
Nick Haynes (D): 16,148 (57.8%) / 42,696 (32.4%)
Shawn Michael Hamilton (L): 1,552 (5.6%) / 3,997 (3.0%)

U.S. REP D21
Lamar Smith* (R): 19,825 (42.4%) / 135,513 (71.8%)
Antonio Diaz (G): 16,240 (34.7%) / 27,782 (14.7%)
Ryan Shields (L): 10,732 (22.9%) / 25,483 (13.5%)

U.S. REP D25
Roger Williams* (R): 35,331 (42.6%) / 106,929 (60.2%)
Marco Montoya (D): 44,041 (53.1%) / 64,341 (36.2%)
John Betz (L): 3,610 (4.3%) / 6,288 (3.5%)

U.S. REP D35
Lloyd Doggett* (D): 21,902 (77.3%) / 60,027 (62.5%)
Susan Narvaiz (R): 4,719 (16.7%) / 31,985 (33.3%)
Cory W. Bruner (L): 1,148 (4.1%) / 2,760 (2.9%)
Kat Swift (G): 551 (1.9%) / 1,293 (1.3%)




Travis County

COUNTY JUDGE
Sarah Eckhardt (D): 160,982 (62.1%)
Mike McNamara (R): 85,650 (33.0%)
Richard Perkins (L): 12,585 (4.9%)

COMMISSIONER, PCT. 2
Brigid Shea (D): 45,553 (62.2%)
Raymond Frank (R): 23,120 (31.6%)
Steven Haskett (L): 4,541 (6.2%)

COMMISSIONER, PCT. 4
Margaret J. Gómez (D): 33,965 (83.3%)
Joseph Morse (L): 6,818 (16.7%)

COUNTY CLERK
Dana DeBeauvoir (D): 175,668 (77.7%)
Michael M. Holt (L): 43,261 (19.1%)
William E. Stout Jr. (G): 7,063 (3.1%)

COUNTY TREASURER
Dolores Ortega Carter (D): 171,647 (77.5%)
Mike Burris (L): 49,940 (22.5%)

DISTRICT CLERK
Velva L. Price (D): 168,127 (77.7%)
Kevin Pick (L): 48,305 (22.3%)

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PCT. 2
Randall Slagle (D): 38,623 (50.8%)
Glenn Bass (R): 33,165 (43.6%)
Daniel Martin Ruble (L): 4,206 (5.5%)

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PCT. 3
Susan Steeg (D): 50,346 (74.6%)
Nathan Kleffman (L): 17,169 (25.4%)

JUSTICE OF THE PEACE, PCT. 4
Raúl Arturo González (D): 19,899 (85.3%)
Zach Warren (L): 3,435 (14.7%)


Numbers accurate as of 2pm, Nov. 5. Percentages may not equal 100% due to rounding. Asterisk denotes incumbent, and boldface denotes winner, or entering run-off.

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