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Today's installment brings us interactive state legislative district maps for Texas and Alaska, utilizing the presidential election results by district calculated by the team at Daily Kos Elections. Each legislative chamber is mapped out and color coded according to the presidential winner and the party that holds each district, along with some info on each legislator. You can find links to all the previously released maps here, which you may want to bookmark.

Districts in solid blue were carried by Obama and are represented by a Democrat, while those in solid red were won by Mitt Romney and are held by a Republican. Lighter red districts voted for Obama and a Republican legislator while those in lighter blue went for Romney and a Democratic legislator. Note that the map displays use only the two-party vote to give you a more equivalent comparison between presidential and legislative results, but this post and Daily Kos Elections numbers include totals for third-party candidates, though the differences are minor.


Texas State Senate

Republicans in Texas maintained complete control over redistricting and saw their original districts overturned in a case that worked its way up to the Supreme Court over violations of the Voting Rights Act. The Texas state Senate along California's Senate is one of just two chambers where districts are larger than congressional districts with roughly 811,000 constituents. Senators serve staggered, four-year terms although all are up in years ending in -2.

Romney won 20 districts while Obama won just 11. Democrats hold all 11 Obama seats, plus gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis' SD-10 in Ft. Worth. In total, Republicans have a 19 to 12 majority and they are hoping to take Davis' open seat. Romney won the median district by a commanding 62 to 37, which was a wide nine points to the right of the state.


Texas State House of Representatives

The lower house map will actually have very minor changes this year from 2012's court-imposed map, with negligible partisan impact. Like the other chamber, Romney won just shy of 2/3rds of the seats with 96 to Obama's 54. Just like the state Senate, Democrats hold all of the Obama districts plus one Romney seat: This gives the Republicans an overall 95 to 55 majority. The median two districts voted for Romney by an average of 59 to 39, which was four percent more Republican than statewide.

Head below the fold for Alaska.


Alaska State Senate

Alaska is a rare state in where the governing majority has members of both parties with a handful of Democrats, whose districts are in yellow, in a coalition with Republicans. Republicans have a nominal 13 to seven majority, but their Democratic coalition partners give them a 15 to five supermajority. Republicans drew the districts and they don't take effect until this year's elections. Romney won 15 districts to Obama's five: Democrats hold two Romney seats in addition to all of Obama's. The median two seats went for Romney by an average of 57 to 40, two points to the right of his statewide performance. Senators serve staggered, four year terms and the body is the smallest of all the nation's 99 state legislative chambers.

Between both houses, all but one of the coalition Democrats represents a heavily Native American district while only one Democrat with a heavily Native American seat isn't in the governing coalition. The Native American vote in Alaska is highly responsive to incumbency and clout, as evidenced by those districts being Obama's best and some of Don Young's best in 2012. Were Democrats to take the majority, it is highly likely these coalition Democrats would return to the fold unlike turncoats in New York and Washington who flipped their state Senates to the Republicans.


Alaska State House of Representatives

The state House districts are nested with two comprising each Senate district. Romney carried 27 districts and Obama 13, while Democrats hold three Romney seats and Republicans sit in two won by Obama. Nominally Republicans have a 26 to 14 majority, but with the addition of four Democrats their coalition has a 30 to 10 super-majority. The median two seats supported Romney by an average of 55 to 42 which was actually two points to the left of the state.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Elections on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 07:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Canadian experience (1+ / 0-)
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    Skaje

    Canadian seats, with heavy First Nation populations particularly in the northern territories, have a tendency to vote for the candidate rather than a party. Partisan representation changes quite frequently.

    At the territorial level, Nunavut has a non partisan legislature.

    There is no man alive who is sufficiently good to rule the life of the man next door to him. Sir Rhys Hopkin Morris, M.P.

    by Gary J on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 09:26:39 AM PDT

  •  Some creative line-drawing (1+ / 0-)
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    Stephen Wolf

    in the Texas state House, west of Dallas.  Look how they managed to wrangle a 53% Romney seat out of there (HD-105), when the neighboring seats are 71% and 74% Obama.

    As always, this is a fantastic resource.  I wasn't aware Obama hit such big numbers in rural Alaska.

    •  There was a massive swing to Obama in those (3+ / 0-)
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      Skaje, KingofSpades, James Allen

      parts of Alaska. Now that DRA has the 2008 numbers I have both 2008 and 2012 for the new districts here: https://docs.google.com/... There were several districts where Obama's vote share climbed by nearly 20%.

    •  TX HD 105 (1+ / 0-)
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      Skaje

      Is probably the Dems best state house pick-up opportunity in Texas this year. It's been on the Dems radar screen for several cycles now, and we've come up just short several times. Republicans made it a little safer in redistricting by moving Hispanics into adjacent districts, but time isn't on their side as the area (Irving and Grand Prairie) has diversified significantly in the past couple of decades. The GOP incumbent (Linda Harper Brown) narrowly lost in the primary to a Tea Party type opponent, and Democrats have a strong candidate in Susan Motley, so it's a race to watch.

      •  Seconded (2+ / 0-)
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        Skaje, Jacob1145

        In fact, Dallas is what to watch.

        Keep your eyes also on 102, 107, 108, and 113 as well.

        108 is the least winnable on partisan margins and GOP is loaded financially, but the Dem is good enough to get and keep your attention. I'm not sure how much the Dems are doing in 102 and 113 but they are good enough districts. 102 was Stefani Carter who lost her primary runoff to a less corrupt and less extreme republican.

        105 and 107 are easily on the table, however.

        SSP alumni, 29, Male, Democrat, TX-14 Elections Blogger for Burnt Orange Report. Collection of Texas elections diaries can be found here

        by trowaman on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 01:59:27 PM PDT

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        •  Dallas (2+ / 0-)
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          Yeah, Dallas County has been where the action is in lege races over the past decade. Dallas County had a 8D-8R delegation after 2000, then Republicans redrew favorable lines for them in redistricting allowing them to take out Dale Tillery and Harryette Ehrhardt in 2002, and create a 10R-6D map.

          However, the GOP overreached, and Dems won seats in 2006 (Allen Vaught in HD107), 2007 (Kirk England flipped from GOP to Dem in HD106), 2008 (Carol Kent - HD102 and Robert Miklos - HD101 picked up GOP seats). Dems also came within 19 votes out of over 40k in HD105 where we had a flawed candidate that didn't spend any money. So, after 2008 the GOP map had backfired with a 10D-6R split in Dallas County (and almost a 11D-5R split).

          Then 2010 happened and Miklos, Kent, Vaught and England all lost, and it was 10R-6D again. In redistricting, since Dallas County was stagnant in population and the rest of the state grew like gangbusters, Dallas County lost two seats and went from 16 to 14. Ironically, the GOP had to nix two of their own districts in redistricing because the 6D districts were all overwhelmingly Dem minority majority districts.

          The GOP did their best to create 8 safe districts in Dallas County, but it's probably an overreach, and I agree that 4-5 of the GOP seats could easily flip by the end of the decade. While HD105 is the best Obama district of the bunch, several others could easily come into play as early as this year. In 2012 there were several competitive races, but the delegation remained 8R-6D.

          The Republicans problem is that there's just not that much safe GOP territory left in Dallas County - the northern tier - along the Collin and Denton County lines remains safe GOP for the most part, and then going southward from far north Dallas, the GOP does well in north Dallas, Lake Highlands and the Park Cities, but beyond those bastions, there's a lot of Dem territory in South and West Dallas and a lot of swing territory in the inner-suburbs and East Dallas. Irving (largely in HD 105) is emblematic of the close-in suburbs in Dallas. In 1980 it was 89% non-Hispanic White. In 2010 it was 31% non-Hispanic White. That's why Dallas County is blue on a countywide level. Places like Irving, Grand Prairie, Garland and Mesquite have gone from pretty safe GOP areas to competitive.

  •  Love seeing Alaska (0+ / 0-)

    “The universe is big. It’s vast and complicated and ridiculous. And sometimes, very rarely, impossible things just happen and we call them miracles.” -The Doctor

    by KingofSpades on Mon Jun 30, 2014 at 10:39:37 AM PDT

  •  AK 663k; Texas 269k sq miles (2.5 * bigger) yeah! (0+ / 0-)

    80 % of Success is Just Showing Up!

    by Churchill on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 06:27:45 AM PDT

  •  Alaska 70% owned by the feds. Texas 2% (2+ / 0-)
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    both contain several areas that should be monuments, and in my national park series those are the two states that will set aside the most areas- Alaska 20, Texas 8. this is of course a product of size, they are far bigger than any other state, Alaska is bigger than the next 4 largest states combined.

  •  Interesting representation, thanks. (2+ / 0-)
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    AdmiralNaismith, boomerchick

    In Alaska, last year's legislature was very bad as Republicans were able to run the clock down on an illegal redistricting plan and actually legislate with it over the past two sessions. That has now changed (and improved for Dems) for election 2014 due to a court challenge. Democrats expect to pick up several legislative seats this session.

    Senator Begich is strong. Dan Sullivan (Republican challenger in a three way primary) is raking in outside money.  DSCC is actually putting some energy and $$$ into Begich campaign this year.

    Byron Mallott, Democratic candidate for Governor is Native and will garner a lot of support within the native districts this year, as well as from Democrats. There is a well-run coordinated campaign running with Begich and Mallott and other Democratic candidates.

    Forrest Dunbar, 29 year old Democrat, is running a commendable campaign against 81-year old Rep. Don  Young, Republican incumbent forever. Forrest is getting around the state, and currently just posted from Dillingham, way up there in that yellow area in the NW. He should attract some fresh young voters.

    There is also a young Democrat, Geroge McGuan, running for a SE House District (N. Juneau) that is rarely challenged. That seat is currently held by Cathy Munoz, a likeable, but also ALEC-leaning, and therefore somewhat vulnerable, Republican.

    Jonathan Kriess-Tomkins, the young Yalie Democrat who unseated long-time incumbent Republican (and Native) Bill Thomas last time around in SE AK, looks solid to retain his seat, even as district boundaries continue to shift. JKT loses Haines and picks up Petersburg in his new district.

    Rep. Sam Kito III, Democrat (& Native), was appointed by Governor Parnell to replace Rep. Beth Kerttula who left for a fellowship at Stanford in ocean policy and now heads up Obama's National Council on Oceans, Coasts, and Great Lakes. Kito is popular enough among folks of many persuasions to hold that seat.

    There is a strong coastal caucus in Alaska and a strong "bush" caucus that both lean toward Democratic values within the legislature. These folks, some Republicans, have been able to hold off some of the worst "rail-belt" Republican origin right wing legislation this last session.

    Obama pulled a respectable 43% of the vote in 2012, an impressive 7.5% increase over 2008, when Sarah Palin was on the ballot with John McCain.

    All of the above factors, plus several ballot initiatives, including one to repeal an unpopular oil tax giveaway (August primary), ones to legalize marijuana one to increase the minimum wage (November general) will lead to higher voter turnout than normal in a non-Presidential election year, and hopefully improve the odds for Democrats in Alaska this year even though in Alaska, the red tendency is strong and slow to change.

  •  Thank you very (2+ / 0-)
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    Much for this informative post.

    I believe our state Senate districts have nearly one and one half the population of a congressional seat.

    State Senate district 25 should really be worked on for the next time this seat is up. It is probably to late this time but I believe it has a huge number of unregistered citizens. There are a huge and growing number of apartments in the Austin section and the area in the next county south is rapidly growing with large middle income homes being built. In addition it has Texas State University which is becoming a real university (LBJ's alma mater) and not just a commuter school for Austin and UT. A real effort to organize at Texas State and voter registration for Hays county could be productive.

    In other words we need to get to 14 senators by 2020 for 2021 redistricting session.

  •  In addition Duncan's retiring -- just named next (1+ / 0-)
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    chancellor of my alma mater, starting in July.

    This is a big big big upgrade for Texas Tech, btw.

    LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

    by BlackSheep1 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 07:29:20 PM PDT

    •  That's Robert L Duncan, TX 28 (0+ / 0-)

      btw:

      District: 28
      Incumbent: Robert L. Duncan
      Party: Republican
      First Elected: 1996
      Last Election (two party): 100%
      Obama 2012 (two party): 25.4%
      Pres/Senate Winner: Romney/Rep

      The local 'Bagger wants to take the seat ......

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Tue Jul 01, 2014 at 07:35:27 PM PDT

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  •  I know it's a long shot but I want Davis to win... (0+ / 0-)

    I know it's a long shot but I want Davis to win so bad!

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