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Throughout the night, Texas Tribune reporters will update you on the results of key primary battles statewide, from the first early voting totals through the last ballots counted. We'll also be updating our election scoreboard as results roll in.
Will Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst be forced into a runoff in the Republican race for U.S. Senate by former Solicitor General Ted Cruz or former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert? How will the hotly contested Democratic congressional primaries in El Paso, West Texas and Central Texas shake out? Did redistricting cost any legislative incumbents their jobs?
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In the Republican race for U.S. Senate, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is leading in Tarrant, Dallas and Travis Counties but is far below the 50 percent threshold he needs to pass to avoid a runoff. His best showing is in Travis County is 45 percent. , In Dallas and Travis Counties, former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert came in second followed by former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz. In Tarrant County, Cruz comes in 1 percentage point higher than Leppert.
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Reached by phone, Yarbrough said he had not been following the results but is not surprised he is running ahead of Addie Allen and Sean Hubbard and only behind former state Rep. Paul Sadler.
“I felt that it would be a runoff and yes, I have a plan for the runoff,” Yarbrough said. “It’s turning out the way I thought it would.”
Unlike his three competitors in the primary, Yarbrough has not reported raising or spending any money with the Federal Elections Commission. Yarbrough said he just hasn’t filed any reports yet but did spend money around the state promoting his campaign. Yarbrough said he advertised in African-American newspapers and had yard signs up in several parts of the state.
“I spent money, you bet I have,” Yarbrough said.
The group has made waves in recent weeks by spending heavily to influence GOP primaries in other states. The group has invested over $2.5 million over the last year in Texas, nearly all of it opposing Dewhurst.
"Despite millions of dollars of desperate and negative attacks, David Dewhurst must now face true conservative Ted Cruz one-on-one…and that’s David Dewhurst’s worst nightmare," Club for Growth President Chris Chocola said. "Ted Cruz is a champion of economic freedom and the Club for Growth PAC strongly supports his candidacy.”
In the second RRC race, Barry Smitherman is well ahead at 43%; still a bit early to say definitively whether he'll have a runoff or not.
The Democratic primary in HD-95 to replace state Rep. Marc Veasey, D-Fort Worth, appears likely to be headed to a runoff between Nicole Collier and Jesse Gaines.
The latest results from the county show Duty is up with 54 percent of the vote to Bradley's 46 percent. The campaign focused largely on Bradley's role in the wrongful conviction case of Michael Morton. For more than five years, Bradley opposed DNA testing that ultimately exonerated Morton after he spent nearly 25 years in prison for his wife's murder. The DNA also led to the capture of Mark Norwood, who is now awaiting trial for the 1986 murder of Christine Morton.
Spokesman Curtis Ellis lauded the group's role in defeating U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes, who "had all the benefits of incumbency.. The voters exercised their franchise and chose Beto O’Rourke."
In CD-4, incumbent U.S. Rep. Ralph Hall won — with 58 percent of the vote. Ellis said he was "the only incumbent to earn less than 60 percent of the vote" — calling that a relative victory.
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