Palm Beach County voters have been known to split their tickets — most recently in 2012 and 2014 when Democrat Patrick Murphy was elected in a House district carried by Republicans Mitt Romney and Rick Scott.
But in the 115th Congress, Palm Beach County’s congressional seats are like those of more than 90 percent of the House: Democrats represent three districts carried by Hillary Clinton last year and the delegation’s lone Republican holds a district carried by Donald Trump.
That’s according to the latest Cook Political Report “Partisan Voting Index” rankings, which rate all 435 U.S. House district by how favorable they are to Democrats or the GOP.
The new PVI ratings show that voters in only 35 of 435 House districts picked a member of Congress from a different party than the district’s presidential choice. That includes 23 districts that voted for Clinton but picked a Republican House member and 12 that voted for Trump but sent a Democrat to Capitol Hill.
Palm Beach County’s lone Republican — freshman Rep. Brian Mast of Palm City — represents a Palm Beach-Treasure Coast district with a PVI rating of +5 Republican. That means that over the last two presidential elections, Mast’s District 18 has voted Republican by an average of 5 points more than the national average.
Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, represents a Palm Beach-Broward District 22 with a +6 Democratic rating. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, holds a + 9 Democratic seat in District 21 and Rep. Alcee Hastings, D-Delray Beach, holds one of the safest Democratic seats in all of Congress, with a +31 Democratic score for his District 20.
Two Miami Republicans — Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen — represent districts carried by Clinton.
Curbelo’s district has a +6 Democratic rating — making it the most Democrat-friendly district held by a Republican in the House. Still, the Cook report classifies Curbelo’s seat as “lean Republican” in its early rankings of approximately 60 seats that are expected to be the most competitive in 2018.
Ros-Lehtinen’s district has a +5 Democratic rating. The Democrat who holds the most Republican-leaning seat in the House is Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota, whose district has a +12 Republican score.