Barrett Manor

Julie Barrett is a freelance writer and photographer based in Plano, TX.

What Happened in the Reddest County of the Reddest State

Fresh (almost) daily from Julie Barrett

Our little corner of Texas is still solidly Republican, but the numbers are telling.

In 2004 the vote was 71% Bush, 28% Kerry. This year it was 62% McCain, 36% Obama. The House of Representatives member from my district ran away with 87% of the vote four years ago; this year it was 63%.

I don't want to read too much into those numbers. I suspect part of the shift is that we're more urban/suburban than we used to be, but there are still great swaths of rural land in the county, which is solidly Republican. Our own precinct had a 63% turnout (up from 61% four years ago) with 59% going Republican and 38%* voting Democrat. Early voting was overwhelmingly Republican. Last year it was closer to 70% Republican. I'd say this about echoes the very unofficial yard sign tally in the neighborhood.

Well, I have to get going. Just thought I'd toss out a few numbers.

*Update: I was reading the straight ticket ballots. The number should be 38% instead of 40%. And scrolling down to the House race, I see that  it was 59% for the Republican, and 37% for the Democrat, very close to the countywide totals.


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11/5/2008 9:14:13 AM
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