Vote a person into office....not a "party".
I vote a straight Rep ticket and here's why.
They are far more likely to agree with me, or at least be in the same universe as me, than the, ummm, "other" party. And here in TX, we can vote a straight ticket and then pick individuals of the other party when we review our ballot.
This almost worked for me this year in a judge's race, where I was familiar with one of the judges in particular but didn't know his party. He turned out to be on the Republican ticket...
Yes I try to know every candidate, but please, I have to sleep sometime. And even in this so-called "information age," the information on some of the candidates, especially down ticket, is pretty sparse.