Yesterday, we began our mapping series with the Travis County District Attorney's race in the Democratic Primary. We continue today with another countywide office, that of Tax-Assessor Collector. This was an open seat after the retirement of longtime incumbent Nelda Wells Spears who resigned at the end of 2011.
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: It is clear that Bruce Elfant's strongest base of support comes from the area that he currently represents as Constable in Precinct 5. If you check out the lines of his current district, you'll see that's where Elfant ran up margins in excess of 80% of the vote. Stan Wilson's only area of electoral refuge was in some of the more heavily African American precincts in East Austin.
Disclosure: I worked on Bruce Elfant's campaign.
To see other Travis County maps in this series, click here.