|We’ve done the breakdown of last night’s primary runoff election. Some quick tidbits from last night:
· 2 incumbents lost their seat in the Texas House—Scott Cosper (R-Killeen), and Rene Oliveira (D-Brownsville).
· Moderate Republicans fared well over more ideologically driven Republicans, particularly in Texas House races. This will impact the race for Speaker to be decided in January.
· Democrats had the only major statewide runoff on their ballots, but voter turnout was dismal. Less than 430,000 Democrats voted during the runoff, down from the 1 million Democrats who voted in the March primary.
For more detailed information, go to the Secretary of State’s website here.
In a race that was extremely close for most of the night, Lupe Valdez (D-Dallas) defeated Andrew White (D-Houston) with 53% of the vote and will face Governor Greg Abbott (R) in November.
Eight open seats in the Texas congressional delegation have made for an extremely competitive election cycle. Five of those seats either had a Democratic or Republican (or both) runoff last night.
CD-2 (SE Texas; north Houston suburbs/eastern Harris County/along Louisiana border): Republican Dan Crenshaw defeated Kevin Roberts with 69.87% of the vote and will face Democrat Todd Litton in November to succeed Ted Poe (R-Humble) who is retiring.
CD-3 (suburban area N and NE of Dallas, including McKinney, Plano, and Frisco): Democrat Lorie Burch defeated Sam Johnson (not the one retiring) with an overwhelming 75% of the vote, and will face Van Taylor (R-Plano) in November to succeed Sam Johnson (R-Plano)—the one who IS retiring.
CD-5 (SE portion of Dallas County, including surrounding counties south and east of Dallas): Outgoing State Representative Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) defeated Bunni Pounds with 53.13% of the vote and is poised to succeed Jeb Hensarling (R-Dallas) who is retiring. He will face Democrat Dan Wood in November in this Republican-leaning district.
CD-6: (south of DFW area and the SE corner of Tarrant County): Republican Ron Wright defeated Jake Ellzey with 52.17% of the vote; Democrat Jana Lynne Sanchez defeated Ruby Faye Wooldridge with 53.1% of the vote. Sanchez and Wright will face each other in November, and the winner will succeed Joe Baron (R-Ennis) who is retiring.
CD-7 (western Harris County): Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher defeated Laura Moser with 67.1% of the vote and will face incumbent John Culberson (R-Houston) in November.
CD 10 (stretches from NW Harris County to Austin): Democrat Mike Siegel defeated Tawana Walter-Cadien with 69.9% of the vote and will face incumbent Michael McCaul (R-Tomball) in November.
CD-21 (includes north of San Antonio, New Braunfels, San Marcos, Austin, Kerrville, Fredericksburg): Republican Chip Roy defeated Matt McCall with 52.66% of the vote; Democrat Joseph Kopser defeated Mary Wilson with 57.95% of the vote. Roy and Kopser will face each other in November, and the winner will succeed Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) who is retiring.
CD-22 (majority of Fort Bend County, unincorporated Katy, northern Brazoria County, and small portion of SE Harris County): Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni defeated Letitia Plummer with 62.12% and will face incumbent Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land) in November.
CD-23 (SW portion of Texas, stretching from Western San Antonio to just outside of El Paso): Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones defeated Rick Trevino with 67.9% of the vote and will face incumbent Will Hurd (R-Helotes) in November. This is a competitive/swing district.
CD-25 (includes 13 counties stretching from Austin to the DFW area): Democrat Julie Oliver defeated Chris Perri with 52.22% of the vote and will face incumbent Roger Williams (R-Austin) in November.
CD-27 (coastal bend; formerly represented by Blake Farenthold, R-Corpus Christi): Republican Michael Cloud defeated Bech Bruun with 61% of the vote; Democrat Eric Holguin defeated Roy Barrera with 61.89% of the vote. Cloud and Holguin will face off in November. A special election is also being held June 30th to fill the remainder of Farenthold’s term.
CD-29 (eastern portion of Houston): Republican Phillip Aronoff defeated Carmen Maria Montiel with 51.87% of the vote and will face Democrat Sylvia Garcia (D-Houston) in November. The winner will succeed Gene Green (D-Houston) who is retiring. This is a Democratic stronghold.
CD-31 (central Texas strip from north Austin to Temple): Democrat M.J. Hegar defeated Christine Eady Mann with 62.21% of the vote and will face incumbent John Carter (R-Round Rock) in November.
CD-32 (NE suburban Dallas): Democrat Colin Allred defeated Lillian Salerno with 69.49% of the vote and will face incumbent Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) in November. This is a Republican leaning district, but Democrats hope Allred is a candidate that could pull off a long shot win.
· SD 17 (includes Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, and Jefferson counties): Democrat Rita Lucido defeated Fran Watson with 57.76% of the vote and will face incumbent Joan Huffman (R-Houston) in November.
· HD 4 (Kaufman and Henderson Counties): Republican Keith Bell defeated Stuart Spitzer with 58.89% of the vote and will succeed Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) who stepped down to run for Congress.
· HD 8 (Anderson, Freestone, Hill and Navarro Counties): Republican Cody Harris defeated Thomas McNutt with 56.96% of the vote and will succeed Byron Cook (R-Corsicana) who is retiring.
· HD 13 (covers a 7-county region between Austin and Houston, stretching outside of Bryan down toward Victoria): Republican Ben Leman defeated Jill Wolfskill with 57.3% of the vote and will succeed Leighton Schubert (R-Caldwell) who stepped down to accept a position at Blinn College.
· HD 37 (large portion of Cameron County, includes South Padre Island, Port Isabel, Brownsville): incumbent Rene Oliveira (D-Brownsville) was defeated by challenger Alex Dominguez who received 56.7% of the vote.
· HD 45 (Blanco and Hays Counties): Democrat Erin Zwiener defeated Rebecca Bell-Metereau with 51.42% of the vote and will face Republican Ken Strange in November. The winner will succeed Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) who resigned to run for Congress.
· HD 46 (east Austin, Manor, portion of Pflugerville): Democrat Sheryl Cole defeated Chito Vela with 50.88% of the vote and will face Republican Gabriel Nila in November. The winner will succeed Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) who lost in the March primary. This is a heavily Democratic district.
· HD 47 (western Travis County, portions of southern Travis County): Democrat Vikki Goodwin defeated Elaina Fowler with 58% of the vote and will face incumbent Paul Workman (R-Austin) in November.
· HD 54 (western portion of Bell County and Lampasas County): incumbent Scott Cosper (R-Killeen) was defeated by challenger Brad Buckley who garnered 58.25% of the vote. Buckley will face Democrat Kathy Richerson in November. This district is Republican-leaning.
· HD 62 (Delta, Fannin, and Grayson Counties): Republican Reggie Smith handily defeated Brent Lawson with 71.19% of the vote and will face Democrat Valerie Hefner in November. The winner will succeed Larry Phillips (R-Sherman) who retired to become a district judge. This district is Republican-leaning.
· HD 64 (includes Denton, Corinth, Hickory Creek, Lake Dallas, and Shady Shores): Democrat Andrew Morris defeated Mat Pruneda with 54% of the vote and will face incumbent Lynn Stucky (R-Denton) in November. This is a Republican-leaning district.
· HD 107 (includes parts of Dallas, Mesquite, Garland): Republican Deanna Metzger defeated Joe Ruzicka with 56.1% of the vote and will face incumbent Victoria Neave (D-Dallas) in November. This is a competitive/swing district.
· HD 109 (wraps around Dallas to the south): Democrat Carl Sherman defeated Deshaundra Jones with 64.23% of the vote and will succeed Helen Giddings (D-DeSoto) who is retiring. No Republican is running for this seat.
· HD 121 (Bexar County communities of Alamo Heights, Olmos Park, Terrell Hills, and NE San Antonio): Republican Steve Allison defeated Matt Beebe with 57.46% of the vote and will face Democrat Celina Montoya in November. The winner will succeed Speaker Joe Straus (R-Alamo Heights) who is not seeking re-election.
· HD 133 (West Houston, includes Bunker Hill, Piney Point, Hunters Creek Village): Democrat Marty Schexnayder defeated Sandra Moore with 56.36% of the vote and will face incumbent Jim Murphy (R-Houston) in November.
Justice, 3rd Court of Appeals, Place 6: Republican Mike Toth defeated Donna Davidson with 52.83% of the vote.
Justice, 5th Court of Appeals, Place 12: Republican Jim Pikl defeated Randy Johnson with 57.74% of the vote.