MONTGOMERY COUNTY 2008 ELECTION RECAP
The 2008 presidential campaign was the twelfth such campaign that I have been privileged to oversee in Montgomery County. Montgomery County has not always supported the Republican Party ticket. Democrat Lyndon Johnson handily won the county in 1964 on his way to becoming the President and in 1968 Independent candidate George Wallace carried the county followed closely by Republican Richard Nixon. Democrat Hubert Humphrey came in a distant third but barely lost the presidential race to Nixon. The Republican candidate for president has won the county in every election since 1968 despite the fact that all the county offices were occupied by Democrats until 1978. Montgomery County has retained its right of center stance under both Democrat and Republican control of county government.
On behalf of the Montgomery County Republican Party, I want to congratulate Senator Obama and his local supporters on his hard earned, historic victory. Republicans respect the office of the presidency regardless of the occupant. There will be disagreement over policies but we will strive to keep the debate civil and respectful. Congratulations are also extended to the hundreds of McCain-Palin volunteer workers who helped distribute thousands of yard signs and bumper stickers, walked precincts, completed nearly 20,000 phone calls and stamped thousands of postcards. Hats off to all the campaign workers, both Democrat and Republican!
How did Montgomery County perform in 2008? The statistics might surprise some, especially those who were hoping for a strong showing by Senator Obama.
In 2008 the McCain-Palin ticket received 119,884 (75.94%) votes; the Obama-Biden ticket received 36,703 (23.25%) votes; Libertarian Barr-Root received (0.60%) 953 votes and there were 307 (0.17%) write-In votes. Sixty-six percent of the total vote of 155,847 was cast during the early voting period. There were 82,126 (68.7% of the total Republican vote) straight Republican ticket votes cast and 21,108 (57.8% of the total Democrat vote) straight Democrat ticket votes cast. Voter turnout percentage in the county was 65.25% compared to 59.3% statewide, a 5.95% difference.
In 2004 Bush-Cheney received 104,654 votes (78%) in the county and Kerry-Edwards received 28,628 (21.4%) votes. In spite of the large vote (31,000) in the 2008 Democrat Primary election, the Obama-Biden ticket only increased their 2008 percentage of the General election vote by 1.85%. When compared to 2004, the Republican ticket received 15,230 more votes in 2008 while the Democrat ticket received only 8,075 more votes. The Republican ticket increased its margin of victory in 2008 to 81,921 votes compared to the 75,320 margin in 2004, a difference of 6,601 votes. Of the 254 counties in Texas, none delivered a greater vote margin than Montgomery County. Collin County was second with a 76,000 vote margin and Tarrant County was third with a 73,000 vote margin. Nationally, of all the counties in the States that McCain-Palin carried in 2008, only two counties exceeded the margin of victory produced by Montgomery County. They were McCain’s home County of Maricopa, Arizona and Utah County in Provo, Utah. Montgomery County is arguably the most Republican County in Texas, the most important Republican State in the nation.
When compared to counties of near equal size and demographics, Montgomery County surpassed both Denton and Collin County in the percent of vote for Republican candidates for President/Vice-president and all other statewide candidates. Montgomery County’s percentages ranged from a high of 75.98% to a low of 72.76%; Denton County’s percentages ranged from a high of 62.98% to a low of 59.44%; and Collin County’s percentages ranged from a high of 64.42% to a low of 60.72%.
The five precincts with the highest percent of the vote for McCain-Palin were: #72 (Bentwater) 86.8; #13 (Decker Prairie) 84.92; #74 (Hardin Store Road)) 83.35; #38 (Walden Road/Hwy. 105 West)) 83.6 & #29 (Magnolia) 83.56. McCain-Palin received over 70% of the vote in each of 71 precincts, while 23 of these precincts gave McCain-Palin over 80% of the vote. Precinct #72 (Bentwater) had the highest voter turnout percent at 85.16%. The largest number of votes cast in a precinct was 4,038 at #78 (Cochran’s Crossing/The Woodlands).
Fox Business News commentator, Neil Cavuto, seem to bring closure to the 2008 presidential election when he said on the day after the election:
“Now that the election season is over, what a fine tribute to our President. He was classy, magnanimous, a gentleman. Ripped for being out of touch, he chose just the right touch. A man whose critics say he only mangled his words conjured just the right ones. I am not talking about John McCain yesterday, I am talking about President Bush today.
McCain gave a classy speech, The President made a classy gesture. Offering only good words for the man who repudiated his run of the White House but going one better- inviting Barack and Michelle Obama to the White House to see the place, talk about the place and the pressures of the place, in private.
These were not empty words. The President took care months ago to put a transition team in place so that a smooth transfer of power could take place. President Bush was not so lucky when he was coming in. Maybe things were different then, a lot of ill will then and lots of hurtful words since then. He wasn’t running this year but it seemed everyone was running against him all year. If he minded it, he didn’t show it. A man at peace with a nation seemingly at war with him, some for good reason, others apparently lacking reason. He took nothing personally, always handling himself with dignity.
That ended the day with a quiet gesture. From the President who would be in his right to wag a finger, instead simply offered his hand.”
May GOD bless you and your family, President George W. Bush and may GOD bless our President-elect and his family.