This Week in Texas: Texas Primary Election Results

Posted March 4, 2010 in The Mignon Memo

The 2010 Texas primary election results are in. The following is a brief recap. If you would like to see exact percentages, follow this link to the Texas Secretary of State’s website:


It will be Perry versus White in November. In the Republican primary, Governor Rick Perry defeated Kay Bailey Hutchison and Debra Medina with over 51% of the vote. Bill White won the Democratic primary, defeating Farouk Shami and 5 other candidates.

Other Statewide Races

Linda Chavez-Thompson won the Democratic primary for Lieutenant Governor. She will face Republican David Dewhurst in November.

Hank Gilbert defeated Kinky Friedman in the Democratic primary for Agriculture Commissioner. He will face Republican incumbent Todd Staples in November.

In the Democratic primary for Land Commission, Hector Uribe defeated Bill Burton and will go on to face incumbent Jerry Patterson in November.

Incumbent Railroad Commissioner Victor Carrillo lost his Republican primary race to David Porter. Porter will face Democrat Jeff Weeks in November.

There were two contested primary races involving seats on the Texas Supreme Court. In Place 3, four candidates received just over 18 percent of the vote. There will likely be a runoff between Rick Green and Debra Lehman but Jim Moseley and Rebecca Simmons are very close. In Place 5, incumbent Eva Guzman defeated Rose Vela in the Republican primary and will face Blake Bailey in November.

Texas Senate

Senate District 2: Sen. Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) defeated Sharon Russell in the Republican primary. He will face Democrat Kathleen Maria Shaw in November.

Senate District 5: Sen. Steve Ogden (R-Bryan) defeated Ben Bius in the Republican primary. He will face Democrat Stephen Wyman in November.

Senate District 22: Sen. Kip Averitt (R-Waco) defeated Darren Yancy. Averitt announced that he will not seek reelection but did so after the deadline for removing his name from the primary ballot. No Democrat filed for the seat so what comes next is the subject of much speculation.

Senate District 19 – Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) defeated Luis C. Juarez, Jr. he will face Dick Bowen, the winner of the Republican primary race.

Senate District 29: This seat is currently held by Sen. Eliot Shapleigh (D-El Paso) who did not seek reelection. Jose Rodriguez defeated Louis Irwin and Liza Montelongo in the Democratic primary. He will face Republican Dan Chavez in the general election.

Texas House

Five House incumbents were defeated in the primary elections including: Representatives Betty Brown (R-Terrell); Tommy Merritt (R-Longview); Dora Olivo (D-Richmond); Tara Rios Ybarra (D-South Padre Island); and Al Edwards (D-Houston). Put Al Edwards in the maybe column since he was only defeated by 11 votes and a recount is likely.
Three House incumbents will face run-offs including: Representatives Fred Brown (R-Bryan); Norma Chavez (D-El Paso) and Delwin Jones (R-Lubbock). There will be run-offs in six other districts including: House Districts 47, 52, 66, 84, 127, and 149.

Democratic Primary Results:

House District 27: Rep. Dora Olivo (D-Richmond) was defeated by Ron Reynolds.
House District 36: This is the seat currently held by Rep. Kino Flores (D-Palmview) who did not run for reelection. Sergio Munoz, Jr. defeated Sandra Rodriguez. No Republicans filed for the seat.
House District 39: Rep. Armando Martinez (D-Weslaco) defeated Joel De Los Santos.
House District 43: J.M. Lozano defeated incumbent Rep. Tara Rios Ybarra (D-South Padre Island).
House District 45: Rep. Patrick Rose (D-Dripping Springs) defeated Andrew Backus.
House District 76: Rep. Norma Chavez (D-El Paso) will face a runoff with Naomi Gonzalez in April.
House District 100: Eric Johnson defeated Rep. Terri Hodge (D-Dallas). Hodge had suspended her campaign after pleading guilty to federal felony charges.
House District 105: Loretta Haldenwang defeated Kim Limberg. She will face Rep. Linda Harper-Brown (R-Irving) in November.
House District 146: Borris Miles narrowly defeated incumbent Rep. Al Edwards (D-Houston) but expect to see a recount in this race that was decided by a mere 11 votes.

Republican Primary Results

House District 1: Jack Ballard defeated George Lavender by a slim margin. He will face Rep. Stephen Frost (D-Atlanta) in November.
House District 2: Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) defeated Richard Linkenauger.
House District 3: Erwin Cain defeated Holland Harper. He will face Rep. Mark Homer (D-Paris) in November.
House District 4: Lance Gooden defeated incumbent Rep. Betty Brown (R-Terrell).
House District 7: David Simpson defeated incumbent Rep. Tommy Merritt (R-Longview).
House District 11: Rep. Chuck Hopson (R-Jacksonville) defeated Michael Banks and Allan Cain in his first Republican primary.
House District 14: Rep. Fred Brown (R-Bryan) faces a runoff in April with Gerald “Buddy” Winn.
House District 15: Rep. Rob Eissler (R-The Woodlands) defeated Rob Thomas.
House District 20: This is an open seat due to the upcoming retirement of Rep. Dan Gattis (R-Georgetown). Dr. Charles Schwertner defeated Milton Rister, Stephen Thomas and Patsy Williams. No Democrats filed for the seat.
House District 33: Raul Torres defeated Nicholas Rodriguez. He will face Rep. Solomon Ortiz, Jr. (D-Corpus Christi) in November.
House District 44: Rep. Edmund Kuempel (R-Seguin) defeated Robin Walker.
House District 47: There will be an April runoff election between Paul Workman and Holly White Turner. The winner of the runoff will face Rep. Valinda Bolton (D-Austin) in November.
House District 50: Patrick McGuinness defeated Ryan Lambert. He will face Rep. Mark Strama (D-Austin) in November.
House District 52: There will be an April runoff between Larry Gonzales and John Gordon. The winner will face Rep. Diana Maldonado (D-Round Rock) in November.
House District 58: Rep. Rob Orr (R-Burleson) defeated Ted Reynolds.
House District 59: Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) defeated J.D. Sheffield.
House District 64: Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton) defeated Kurt Hyde.
House District 65: Rep. Burt Solomons (R-Carrollton) defeated Mike Murphy.
House District 66: This seat is currently held by Rep. Brian McCall (R-Plano) who did not run for reelection. There will be an April runoff election between Mabrie Jackson and Van Taylor. No Democrats have filed for the seat.
House District 69: This seat is currently represented by Rep. David Farabee (D-Wichita Falls) who did not run for reelection. Lanham Lyle defeated Joe Clement.
House District 74: Thomas Kincaid defeated Yolanda Garza. He will face Rep. Pete Gallego (D-Alpine) in November.
House District 78: Dee Margo defeated Jay Kleberg and Luis Rene Diaz. He will face Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso) in November.
House District 83: Rep. Delwin Jones (R-Lubbock) will face a runoff election in April with Charles Perry.
House District 84: This district is currently represented by Rep. Carl Isett (R-Lubbock) who did not run for reelection. There will be a runoff between Mark Griffin and John Frullo.
House District 85: Jim Landtroop defeated David Andrews. He will face Rep. Joe Heflin (D-Crosbyton) in November.
House District 87: This district is currently represented by Rep. David Swinford (R-Amarillo) who did not seek reelection. Walter “Four” Price defeated Victor Leal.
House District 91: Rep. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) defeated Charles Scoma.
House District 92: Rep. Todd Smith (R-Bedford) defeated Jeff Cason.
House District 93: Barbara Nash defeated Bill Burch. She will face Rep. Paula Pierson (D-Arlington) in November.
House District 96: Bill Zedler defeated Joy Keller. He will face Rep. Chris Turner (D-Arlington) in November.
House District 98: Rep. Vicki Truitt (R-Keller) defeated Giovanni Capriglione, Rich DeOtte and Diane Thorpe of Keller.
House District 99: Rep. Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth) defeated Matt Krause.
House District 101: Cindy Burkett defeated Greg Nochese and Thomas Latham. She will face Rep. Robert Miklos (D-Mesquite) in November.
House District 102. Stefani Carter defeated Geoff Bailey. She will face Rep. Carol Kent (D-Dallas) in November.
House District 122: This district is currently represented by Rep. Frank Corte (R-San Antonio) who did not seek reelection. Lyle Larson defeated Denise Barnhill.
House District 127: This district is currently represented by Rep. Joe Crabb (R-Kingwood) who did not seek reelection. There will be a runoff between Dr. Susan Curling and Dan Huberty.
House District 129: Rep. John Davis (R-Houston) defeated Mary Huls.
House District 134: Sarah Davis defeated Bonnie Parker. She will face Rep. Ellen Cohen (D-Houston) in November.
House District 148: Fernando Herrera defeated Howard Gano, Jr.. He will face Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) in November.
House District 149: Jack O’Connor and Dianne Williams will face a runoff election in April. The winner will face Rep. Hubert Vo (D-Houston) in November.
For those of you keeping track, 70 incumbent House members faced no major party opposition in either the primary or the upcoming general election. 48 incumbents faced no primary opposition but will now begin preparations for a general election challenge.

Congressional races

Fourteen Congressional incumbents faced a contested primary but no incumbents were defeated. In a contentious race, Congressman Ralph Hall defeated five challengers in the Republican primary for CD 4. The other nine congressional primary races involved contests to see who will take on incumbents in the November general election. There will be run-offs in the following CDs; CD 14 to see who will challenge Congressman Ron Paul (R-Surfside) in the general election; CD 17 to determine who will take on Congressman Chet Edwards (D-Waco); CD 15 to select a general election opponent for Congressman Ruben Hinojosa (D-Mercedes); CD 20 to see who will be Congressman Charlie Gonzalez’ opponent (D-San Antonio); CD 27 to find out who will take on Congressman Solomon Ortiz (D-Corpus Christi); and CD 30 to see who will take on Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas) in November.

State Board of Education

In the Republican primary for District 5, inclumbent Ken Mercer defeated Tim Tuggey. In the Republican primary for District 9. Thomas Ratliff defeated incumbent Don McLeroy. In District 10, there will be an April runoff between Republicans Marsha Farney and Brian Russell. In District 12, longtime incumbent Geraldine “Tincy” Miller lost to George Clayton. Incumbent Bob Craig survived his District 15 Republican primary challenge from Randy Rives.