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16Aug/120

Primary Mapping: GOP County Court 2

In stark contrast to the first GOP map, this one was the closest countywide result, with Donna Detamore defeating appointed County Court judge Theresa Chang, 50.1% to 49.9% ... or, 735 votes out of 123,941 total votes cast. Close enough to call it one per precinct (at least, among precincts with voters).

It's generally interesting to see how GOP Primaries break down by how the Establishment Row of westside, River Oaks, and other areas generally within the Anglo Dem region stretching from the Heights to Meyerland. Chang performed well there, even adding a decent showing in the southwest and Alief areas where Asian GOP voters could be counted on to support her. Outside of that, however, it looks like strong areas were hard to come by, as Detamore performed well in Clear Lake, much of the Baytown/Highlands area ... and she pretty much ran the gamut of disparate W/NW areas like Champions Forest, Spring, Tomball, Cypress, and Katy.

On the surface, it looks a bit similar (albeit, much closer) to Steve Kirkland's challenge: voters outside of Houston city limits may not be moved on the same basis as those within. That could be a function of personal networks or other communication channels. But the outline here is clear in terms of demonstrating where any Establishment vs non/less-Establishment campaign may break down in GOP circles. It may be interesting to see how the Medina/Devine Supreme Court contest compares to this one.

As is the pattern: dark-red = Detamore; light-red = Chang; white = no votes.


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