The dust from Tuesday's primary elections has (mostly) settled, so we're updating our election brackets to prepare you for the July 31 runoffs and beyond.
Some primary winners have no major party competitor in November, and are likely headed for office. Others face the potential of a more difficult bid in the general election. And dozens of candidates couldn't eke out a win on Tuesday, and must return to the polls for the July runoff.
Below, we've prepared special versions of our election brackets that only display races that fall into these three categories.
Headed Toward Victory
May 29 marked the end of the battle for some primary winners, who will likely march straight into office without a major party opponent in the November general election. Neither House Speaker Joe Straus nor state Rep. Bryan Hughes, both Republicans, will face a challenger in the general election. But they will face each other when the 83rd Legislature convenes in January; Hughes has announced his intent to challenge Straus for House Speaker.
With an endorsement from Gov. Rick Perry in his pocket, Rep. Charles Schwertner soared through the Republican SD-5 primary to clinch Sen. Steve Ogden's former seat. He's got a Libertarian challenger in the fall — but a staunchly Republican district he's likely to win.
With his primary win Tuesday night, Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Flores keeps his seat; he beat challenger George Hindman by a large margin, and has no opponent in November.
To view the bracket of uncontested candidates in November, click here.
Looking to November
Some candidates who won tonight are far from the finish line. They will have to face competition in the November election, too.
To view the bracket of November elections, click here.
For dozens of candidates, Tuesday night’s election was just round one — and the July runoff will determine who moves on to the November general. In the race to replace Republican U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst couldn't avoid a runoff with former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz.
In East Texas’ HD-11, incumbent Rep. Chuck Hopson will see lawyer Travis Clardy again; the Republicans were just 166 votes apart. In the new North Texas congressional seat, CD-33, Fort Worth state Rep. Marc Veasey and Dallas attorney Domingo Garcia will head to the Democratic runoff.
To view the bracket of candidates bound for a runoff in July, click here.