Record turnout for Texas voters, central Texas most active for political advertising

AUSTIN - More than 8.9 million Texans set a new record turnout in voting. The new record is just shy of 59% percent of the registered voters in Texas. In the 2008 general election, more than 8 million people voted, according the Texas Association of Broadcasters.

Early voting numbers also set a record with more than 6.5 million people voting. Texas registered a record number of voters in 2016 at more than 15 million people.

Here are some Texas post-election facts:

Texas went neither “purple” nor “blue” – not even close.

Hillary Clinton

Clinton improved upon President Obama's 2008 record democrat numbers by about 323,000 votes.

Clinton captured 3.8 million democratic votes in 2016 to Obama’s 3.5 million voted in 2008.

Clinton captured 43.27 percent of the vote.

Donald Trump

Trump won in Texas by 9 percentage points, less than GOP candidates in recent history, but still winning by more than 800,000 votes.

No democrat has won statewide election in Texas since 1994 – a 22-year streak that continued last night.

Congress, Texas Senate, Texas House

The 36-member Texas congressional delegation remains unchanged: 25 republicans and 11 democrats.

The 31-member Texas Senate remains unchanged: 20 republicans and 11 democrats.

The democrats have a net pick up of 4 seats in the Texas House of Representatives, slightly less than the five that was projected.

The 150-member Texas House changes slightly: 95 republicans and 55 democrats.

The democrat’s lone statewide officeholder, Judge Larry Meyers, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2, lost to longtime Republican district judge Mary Keel by 1.3 million votes. Meyers served on the state’s highest criminal court for more than 20 years as a Republican, but he switched parties in 2013.

Political Advertising

According to the Center for Public Integrity, a political ad tracking study by the center shows $4.6 million was spent on Texas statehouse  races and more than $300,000 was spent on just one statewide race by the Texas Supreme Court candidate Michael Massengale

Top 5 active Texas TV market for statehouse political advertising:

  1. Waco-Temple-Killeen (5,329 spots)
  2. Abilene-Sweetwater (2,395 spots)
  3. San Antonio (2.235 spots)
  4. El Paso (1,250 spots)
  5. Rio Grande Valley (1,219 spots)

Tyler and Austin followed behind at 959 and 903 respectively.

Texas Senate

About $2 million was spent on Texas Senate races and the majority of it was spent in the primary election. Three race amounts of $100,000 or more for some of the candidates in that race.

Texas House

More than $2.6 million was spent on Texas House races and most of it were spent in the primary election. Several races saw amounts of $100,000 or more spend by candidates in that race.

Three of the most expensive races involved Texas House Speaker Joe Straus, R- San Antonio, or his lieutenants, all of whom were challenged by Tea Party affiliated candidates in the GOP primary.

(© 2016 KCEN)


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