Nearly 70% of Victoria County voters who cast their ballots for president in the Nov. 3 election voted for President Donald Trump, according to the unofficial final results released early Wednesday.
Trump received 23,347 votes, or about 68.3% of the Victoria County vote, and former Vice President Joe Biden received 10,371 votes, or about 30.3%, according to the unofficial final results, which were first released shortly before 1:30 a.m. Wednesday and updated later that day.
Victoria County and the Crossroads are traditionally a strong Republican region. In 2016, the region carried the Republican ticket.
Elsewhere in the Crossroads, Trump received 5,640 votes in Calhoun County, according to the county’s unofficial final results, and Biden received 2,146 votes.
In DeWitt County, Trump received 6,567 votes, according to the county’s unofficial final results, and Biden received 1,494.
In Refugio County, Trump received 2,210 votes, according to the county’s unofficial final results, and Biden received 1,108 votes.
Trump received 3,081 votes in Goliad County, according to the county’s unofficial final results, and Biden received 872 votes.
In Jackson County, Trump received 5,227 votes, according to the county’s unofficial final results, and Biden received 1,030.
Trump received 8,802 votes in Lavaca County, according to the county’s unofficial final results, and Biden received 1,333.
In the days ahead of the election, leaders of the Victoria County political parties were predicting differing outcomes for the race.
Bill Pozzi, chairman of the Victoria County Republican Party, said as a history teacher, he looks to the past to predict the future.
In 2016, Trump received 21,275 votes from Victoria County voters, and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton received 8,866, according to the county elections office.
Pozzi said he expected to see an even greater number of local voters cast their ballots in hope of reelecting Trump in this election. Further, he said he was predicting “an absolute blowout” on the state level and a victory at the national level.
“We’re rural. We’re conservative, and I believe Trump is going to do very well in the middle states and eventually sweep the presidency,” he said.
Pat Tally, chairwoman of the Victoria County Democratic Party, said although she expected “Biden to win by a fair margin overall,” she wasn’t expecting Victoria to go blue.
“We don’t have too many Democratic candidates locally, which makes a difference,” she said.
Still, Tally said she predicted that Biden would receive more votes by local voters than Clinton in 2016. Tally said she had heard throughout the community that there are “a certain number of Republicans who have parted ways with Trump,” which, she said, might lead them to vote differently than they did four years ago.
“It doesn’t mean they’ll vote Democrat down the line, but maybe they’ll vote for Biden for president and Republican candidates for others,” she said.