Inspired by Greg Wythe's return to mapping the results of this year's primary elections in Harris County, I decided to go ahead and map interesting races from the Travis County primaries (and run-offs). This will be a new series on BOR with more being released each day. We begin this series with the Travis County District Attorney's primary on the Democratic side between Rosemary Lehmberg and Charlie Baird as seen below.
The color scale divides the % share of the vote into six categories from dark orange to dark purple, leaving three color densities for each candidate based on the share of the vote they received in the precinct. The breaks denote every 1/6th of the vote or 17%, 33%, 50%, 67%, and 83% to reflect not only the winner of a precinct but also the margin so as to highlight voting patterns across the county more easily. Precincts in red indicate no votes cast- most of these are fragmented precincts from congressional redistricting.
Takeaways: Incumbent Rosemary Lehmberg stormed to victory rolling up margins everywhere in Travis County. Charlie Baird won a total of 4 precincts which gave him a net margin of 5 votes.
Much hay was made about how the East Side of Austin would come down in the final vote. While this was still Baird's best area (home to 2 precinct wins), Lehmberg still won most of the traditional African American precincts with over 55% of the vote. In all the traditionally Hispanic precincts south of the river and east of I-35, Lehmberg won with no less than 60% of the vote in all but one precinct. Lehmberg ran up the score in Central-West and NW Austin with over a dozen precincts reporting in at over 83% of the vote.
To see other Travis County maps in this series, click here. Coming next, Tax-Assessor Collector!