Salinas does actually work full-time, as a construction inspector (not supervisor, as previously reported), and thus she did not have much time or money to assemble a full campaign infrastructure. She used a Facebook page for web presence rather than constructing a website (or paying somebody to make one) with her own domain. She did travel some, including a few trips to Houston and reconnecting with her fan base in the Rio Grande Valley. She did have some yard signs made.
Imagine how Salinas might have done if she'd been able to devote more time and resources to the campaign. Her Libertarian opponent Mark Miller, a retired oil & gas guy, finished with 5.27% and unlocked ballot access for the LP.
Some 2016 Stein & Salinas Election Trivia
- Salinas received at least one vote in each of our 254 counties; eight counties came up empty for Stein.
- Culberson County in West Texas reported 395 votes for Salinas to the Secretary of State's office, compared to Stein's 5. Those 395 votes would amount to about 40% of the vote in that county. Well, sorry, but that number is quite obviously incorrect: The reporting also shows that the Railroad Commission race in Culberson had about 200 more votes cast than any other race. I reckon the correct number is 39, still good for more than 5% countywide.
- Stein's top eleven counties in terms of percentage were in West, South, and Central Texas, a mix of urban and very rural: Loving (3.13%), Brewster (1.79%), Travis (1.60%), Hays (1.47%), Jeff Davis (1.43%), El Paso (1.38%), Presidio (1.31%), Bexar (1.13%), Bastrop (1.13%), Hidalgo (1.07%), Williamson (1.01%), and Webb (1.00%). Loving County, population 95, has 110 registered voters, including some people who do not live there full-time; Stein received 2 out of the 64 votes cast.
- Top counties for Salinas were also clustered in South and Central Texas, with some out west. All these counties returned double digits for Salinas: Webb (14.14%), Zapata (13.65%), Presidio (13.45%), Maverick (12.10%), Brooks (11.61%), Willacy (10.96%), Reeves (10.75%), and Cameron (10.52%). She got 3 votes in Loving County.
- In the table below are the figures for Stein and Salinas in the 25 Texas counties with 100,000 or more voters, with Stein's percentages in descending order. These 25 counties contain more than 11 million registered voters out of the 15 million-plus statewide.