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As of early Wednesday morning, Rick Green has barely broken from the crowd of six GOP candidates vying for the open spot on the High Court, and a runoff is guaranteed. What's unclear is who his opponent will be — Rebecca Simmons, Jim Moseley, and Debra Lehrmann are all hovering close behind. It's likely Jeff Brown, who narrowly trails those three, won't make the cut. The only clear loser of the night is Rick Strange, who didn't keep up with the pack.
With nearly all the votes counted, former Plano City Councilwoman Mabrie Jackson and Plano businessman Van Taylor are in a run-off to replace state Rep. Brian McCall, R-Plano.
Democratic state Rep. Norma Chavez and El Paso attorney Naomi Gonzalez will likely continue their bare-knuckle battle in the runoff next month. Gonzalez ended the night with a slight lead over the Chavez, but neither were able to break the 50-percent threshold to avoid a runoff.
Second verse same as the first in El Paso’s HD-78, where Republican Dee Margo and Democrat state Rep. Joe Moody will face each other again in the November general election. El Paso businessman Margo beat first-time GOP candidate Jay Kleberg in the race to represent West and Northeast El Paso in the Texas House.
Gonzales and Gordon appear to be in a dogfight, and may face a runoff. The winner will take on freshman incumbent Diana Maldonado, D-Round Rock.
Freshman incumbent Tara Rios Ybarra, D-South Padre Island, lost her bid for re-election on Tuesday to Kingsville businessman J.M. Lozano.
With all precincts reporting, Rep. Tommy Merritt, R-Longview, has lost his seat by just over 5 percentage points.
The AP calls the HD-20 race for state Rep. Dan Gattis' seat for orthopedic surgeon Dr. Charles Schwertner, who outspent the three other candidates.
Former Collin County prosecutor Stefani Carter appears to have handily defeated Geoffrey Bailey, a consultant to T. Boone Pickens, in the District 102 Republican primary. With 92 percent of precincts in, she has 75 percent of the vote. It looks like she'll be running against incumbent Democratic Rep. Carol Kent in the general election.
Mesquite businesswoman Cindy Burkett narrowly avoided a runoff in the District 101 Republican primary, winning just over 50 percent of the vote to defeat former Mesquite Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Greg Noschese and former state Rep. Thomas Latham. She will face freshman Democratic Rep. Robert Miklos in November.
With all precincts reporting, Irving business consultant Loretta Haldenwang defeated former Texas Department of Transportation director Kim Limberg in the House District 105 Democratic primary.