Liveblog: 2016 Texas Primary Results

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Travis County voters cast ballots at Travis County Tax Office on Feb. 25, 2016.
Travis County voters cast ballots at Travis County Tax Office on Feb. 25, 2016.

Throughout the night, Tribune reporters will keep you updated on the results of Texas' Republican and Democratic primary battles, from the first early voting totals through the last ballots counted, from local legislative contests to the presidential race.

Follow our liveblog below for up-to-the-minute news from our reporters. You can also see election night returns in near real time here.

You can catch up on our 2016 presidential coverage here and other elections coverage here. You can also use our results page to get live results of all the races.

 

Liveblog

by Jay Root

The polls are about to close in most of Texas, so let the counting begin. (El Paso and Hudspeth Counties are on Mountain Time, so they close in about an hour).

by Jay Root

The stakes could hardly be higher in Texas for favorite son presidential candidate Ted Cruz, battling to keep his campaign afloat as billionaire Donald Trump keeps racking up wins. A loss at home would be a huge embarrassment for Cruz. A strong win at home could help him stay in the race at least until the March 15 contests in Florida and Ohio.

Also on the ballot are primary contests for the U.S. Congress, the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Legislature, where incumbents are nervously watching unusually high turnout and surveys showing voters are in an angry mood.

by Ross Ramsey

We just called all of the uncontested races in both primaries, with the exception of those in the Mountain Time zone. Think of it as a stress reducer.

by Jay Root

CNN is reporting that exit polls in Oklahoma showed Ted Cruz slightly ahead of Donald Trump, but they're saying it's close race there. It's a "closed" primary state where voters have to declare their party allegiance beforehand, a fact the Cruz campaign has signaled would be more favorable territory. 

by Alexa Ura

In Bexar County, House Speaker Joe Straus easily takes the lead in early voting, with 59 percent of the vote. Grassroots activist Jeff Judson trails with 31 percent of the vote. Former school teacher Sheila Bean lagging behind with 10 percent.

by Edgar Walters

In Bell County, early results show challenger Hugh Shine leading incumbent state Rep. Molly White, R-Belton, in the race for House District 55. Shine leads 53 percent to White's 46 percent.

by Morgan Smith

Early voting numbers show close match-ups in two competitive Dallas County GOP legislative races — the candidates in both contests are only within about 500 votes of each other. In House District 114, incumbent Jason Villalba is up 53 percent to Dan Morenoff's 47 percent. In House District 115, incumbent Matt Rinaldi is up 53 percent to Bennett Ratliff's 47 percent. 

by Abby Livingston

How important is Oklahoma to Sen. Ted Cruz? By my count, he held 11 events there in the past year. 

by Matthew Watkins

Tarrant County early vote totals are in, and the incumbent House members facing stiff challenges have early leads. Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, has a 10 percent lead over challenger Bo French. And Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, leads Andrew Piel by almost 20 percent. 

by Jordan Rudner

Early voting totals coming in the Texas Supreme Court races, and it's shaping up to be a long night for the two Greens facing off for Place 5. Incumbent Paul Green leads Rick Green by just 78 votes.

In the other two Supreme Court races, incumbents seem to be holding steady: in early votes, Debra Lehrmann is ahead of Michael Massengale 54 to 46 percent, while Eva Guzman leads Joe Pool Jr. 54 percent to 44 percent. 

by Alexa Ura

In the rematch for Senate District 26, incumbent José Menéndez is ahead in early voting with 55 percent of the early vote. Challenger state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer has 45 percent of the vote.

by Morgan Smith

Over in Tarrant County, Jonathan Stickland has won the early vote against his GOP challenger Scott Fisher in House District 92. He's up 59 to 41 percent — that's about 2,000 votes.

by Jim Malewitz

In the seven-way Republican race for Texas railroad commissioner, Gary Gates, a wealthy real estate mogul, has the early lead 32 percent, followed by former state Rep. Wayne Christian with 23 percent. Ron Hale, who runs an oil and gas security firm, and Railroad Commission geologist Lance Christian each have around 11 percent of the votes. That includes early voting and about 1 percent of precincts reporting. From the beginning, this crowded race seemed destined for a run-off.

by Matthew Watkins

Incumbent House Republicans — establishment and anti-establishment — are holding on strong in Tarrant County so far. Charlie Geren of Fort Worth, Jonathan Stickland of Bedford and Tony Tinderholt of Arlington all have double-digit leads after early voting is counted. 

by Edgar Walters

In the East Texas race for House District 2, early vote counts show challenger Bryan Slaton leading incumbent state Rep. Dan Flynn, 52-48.

by Julián Aguilar

Early voting totals show that in the Republican race for Senate District 1, Rep. Bryan Hughes has an edge over House colleague David Simpson. Hughes has about 46 percent to Simpson's 22.2 percent. Challenger James "Red" Brown has about 17 percent and could push the contest into a run-off. The district covers 16 counties.

by Jim Malewitz

An early surprise in the Democratic race for Texas railroad commission: Former state Rep. Lon Burnam, of Fort Worth, is trailing his two competitors after early voting and a sliver of precincts reporting. Burnam, who rolled out high-profile party endorsements throughout his campaign, is sitting at 24 percent. Grady Yarbrough leads with about 40 percent, followed by Cody Garrett, who as 36 percent. Of course, that's just after 39,000 votes have been counted.

by Jordan Rudner

Votes are starting to trickle in for the three Court of Criminal Appeals seats up for grabs. With early votes counted and 1 percent of precincts reporting:

In the Place 2 race, Mary Lou Keel leads with 40 percent of the vote, followed by Tea Party favorite Ray Wheless with 31 percent. Chris Oldner trails with 29 percent.

For Place 5, we'll almost certainly be looking at a run-off: Scott Walker leads with 39 percent, followed by Sid Harle with 22 percent. Brent Webster, with 20 percent, just edges out Steve Smith, who has 19 percent.

In Place 6, the calmest of the three races, incumbent Michael Keasler leads Richard Davis, 54 percent to 46 percent.

by Alexa Ura

In Senate District 19, incumbent Carlos Uresti has a substantial lead with 83 percent of the vote. Challenger Helen Madla behind with 17 percent of the vote.

by Julián Aguilar

In House District 8, early totals show challenger Thomas McNutt with an edge over incumbent Byron Cook. The Corsicana lawmaker who chairs the House State Affairs Committee has about 45 percent to McNutt's 55 percent.

by Ross Ramsey

Still early and very incomplete: Bryan Hughes has 46 percent in his bid for the Senate District 1 seat in Northeast Texas; David Simpson is at 23 percent; and James "Red" Brown has 16 percent. That's an open seat; Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, decided not to seek another term.

by Julián Aguilar

In House District 4, incumbent Republican state Rep. Stuart Spitzer trails Lance Gooden, R-Terrell, who served in that seat for two terms. Gooden has 51.2 percent to Spitzer's 49 percent.

by Julián Aguilar

In the House District 1 rematch between state Rep. Gary VanDeaver, R-New Boston, and former lawmaker George Lavender, VanDeaver leads with 54 percent of the early vote totals. Lavender has about 46 percent, a difference of fewer than 400 votes.

by Jim Malewitz

With 2 percent of precincts reporting in the Republican race for Railroad Commission, Gary Gates and Wayne Christian are still in run-off position. Gates has about 30 percent of those early votes, and Christian is at 23 percent. They are followed by Ron Hale (13 percent), Lance Christian (10 percent), Weston Martinez, Doug Jeffrey (each with about 8 percent) and John Greytok (5 percent). Just a reminder: they're racing for David Porter's open seat. In December, his surprise decision not to seek re-election caused quite a stir.

by Nicole Cobler

From Reporter Madlin Mekelburg at the Concordia Lutheran Church in Bedford:
Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, and his opponent Scott Fisher spent Tuesday afternoon on either side of the concrete steps leading up to the Concordia Lutheran Church.

“This race has been so negative that I either get a high five or they spit on my shoe,” Stickland said.

Fisher echoed Stickland’s fatigue with the campaign: “It was nice to get to the voting part. It’s been a long six months.”

by Abby Livingston

AP calls eight House primary races in favor of incumbents: Louie Gohmert, Sam Johnson, Joe Barton, Will Hurd, Michael Burgess, Henry Cuellar, Eddie Bernice Johnson, Marc Veasey

by Jim Malewitz

Railroad Commission watchers might recall that Wayne Christian lost in a 2014 run-off for the seat Ryan Sitton now holds. Gary Gates, who is the hands-down biggest spender in this year's race, has failed in four Texas Legislature campaigns over the years.

by Jay Root

Keep your eyes on our neighbor to the north: It's a a nailbiter right now between Ted Cruz and Donald Trump in Oklahoma with about 13 percent of the precincts in. They each have about 31 percent each right now.

by Julián Aguilar

In the race for Senate District 1, Rep. Bryan Hughes's advantage over House colleague David Simpson has grown to 19,047 votes, about 51 percent of the total. Simpson has about 8,270 – or 22 percent. James "Red" Brown is in third with about 20 percent of the vote.

by Nicole Cobler

From Reporter Madlin Mekelburg in Dallas:

Voters continued to file into St. Edwards Catholic Church in downtown Dallas just moments before the 7 p.m. deadline.

Eddy Renbarger, 44, said he was supporting U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio.

"Cruz lost me," he said. "He contradicted himself. I really appreciate Rubio's value."

Tiffany Fawcett, 31, was at the church Tuesday night but said she was unable to vote because she and her boyfriend recently relocated and he did not change his voter registration address.

If she could have voted, she would have supported Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

by Julián Aguilar

In House District 20, incumbent state Rep. Marsha Farney is close to a tie with challenger Terry Wilson. Farney has about 50.2 percent to Wilson’s 49.8.

by Abby Livingston

AP calls GOP primary races in favor of Congressional incumbents Bill Flores and John Ratcliffe.

by Jay Root

Ted Cruz has now jumped into the lead over Donald Trump in Oklahoma, 33 percent to 31 percent, with 30 percent of the vote in. If he pulls off an upset of Trump there, count on Cruz to point to the fact that when the primaries only include Republicans (as with Oklahoma's closed primary system), he can beat The Donald.

by Jay Root

AP calls Oklahoma for Ted Cruz

by Ayan Mittra

We've called wins in the Texas presidential primaries: Ted Cruz takes the GOP primary, while Hillary Clinton is victorious in the Democratic primary.

by Ayan Mittra

Calling some congressional primaries: On the Republican side, we're projecting that U.S. Reps. Louie Gohmert of Tyler, Sam Johnson of Plano, John Ratcliffe of Heath, Joe Barton of Ennis, Randy Weber of Friendswood, Bill Flores of Waco, Will Hurd of San Antonio and John Carter of Round Rock move on.

by Ayan Mittra

Calling a couple of Democratic congressional races: former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego of Alpine, U.S. Rep. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo.

by Julián Aguilar

In the race for Senate District 1, Rep. Bryan Hughes' lead over House colleague David Simpson has grown. Hughes has 23,710 votes, about 51 percent of the total. Simpson has about 10,310, or 22 percent. James "Red" Brown is in third with about 19 percent of the vote.

by Kiah Collier

In early returns, two State Board of Education hopefuls who observers say could re-up the divisiveness on the 15-member panel are leading by a long shot.

Whether the two women will secure more than 50-percent of the vote and avoid run-offs in their respective three-way races remains to be seen, however.

In the Republican race for District 9, Mary Lou Bruner — who once said Obama used to be a gay prostitute — has hovered around 50 percent of the vote. That’s far higher than returns for Keven Ellis, president of the Lufkin school board, who has about 30 percent of the vote so far. Hank Hering, the third candidate in the race, has about 20 percent of the vote with a few dozen precincts reporting. (Bruner has said she would endorse Hering if she were not running.)

Meanwhile, Democrat Georgina Perez — a self-described “MeXicana empowerment specialist” — is leading in a three-way race for District 1. She is far outpacing fellow Democrat and El Pasoan Joe Fierro Jr., a longtime Army solider whom Texans for Education Reform is backing. The third candidate in the race, Lynn Oliver, had 15 percent of the vote with 16 of 581 precincts reporting.

Returns are not yet available for the District 6 race, where three Democrats are hoping to replace Republican board chairwoman Donna Bahorich in November.

Bahorich and several other education board members who are up for re-election this year are running unopposed.

by Julián Aguilar

In the House District 1 rematch between state Rep. Gary VanDeaver, R-New Boston, and former lawmaker George Lavender, VanDeaver leads with about 59 percent of the vote totals. Lavender has about 41 percent. The two are separated by about 1,190 votes.

by Abby Livingston

Harris County early returns show U.S. Rep. Gene Green with a monster lead over Adrian Garcia — more than a two-to-one margin. This was a brutal Democratic primary in north and east Houston and Pasadena. It's a safely Democratic seat.

by Julián Aguilar

With another precinct reporting in Texas House District 4, incumbent Republican state Rep. Stuart Spitzer trails Lance Gooden, R-Terrell, by 3 percentage points. Gooden has 51.5 percent, or about 7,280. This is the rubber match between the two Republicans.

by Julián Aguilar

In U.S. House District 8, challenger Thomas McNutt has lost some ground to incumbent Rep. Byron Cook, but not too much. The Corsicana lawmaker who chairs the House State Affairs Committee has about 47 percent to McNutt's 53 percent. That’s a difference of about 675 votes.

by Julián Aguilar

And we welcome El Paso County to the party! In House District 75, incumbent Mary González has a solid lead over former state Rep. Chente Quintanilla. Quintanilla served five terms in the Texas House before bowing out after the 2011 session.

by Abby Livingston

Congressman John Culberson had an organized Republican primary challenger in attorney James Lloyd, but Culberson has stomped Lloyd in early votes.

by Jim Malewitz

Grady Yarbrough is still on top early in the Democratic race for a Texas Railroad Commission seat with 38 percent of the vote. Cody Garrett is in second with 32 percent, and Lon Burnam is a close third with 29 percent. But with only 2 percent of precincts reporting, anyone could end up in a run-off

by Nicole Cobler

From Reporter Jamie Lovegrove in San Antonio:

House Speaker Joe Straus had a couple of committed supporters campaigning at the Alamo Heights United Methodist Church polling location Tuesday afternoon: Joe and Joci Straus, his parents.

The couple said they were confident about their son’s chances, despite the criticism from well-funded statewide conservative groups like Empower Texans.

“It’s totally unfair,” Joe Straus Jr. said (his son is Joe Straus III). “If Joe’s a liberal, then Ronald Reagan was a communist.”

Straus easily took the lead in early voting, with 59 percent of the vote.

by Ayan Mittra

We're projecting primary wins for a couple more incumbent Democratic members of the U.S. House: Beto O'Rourke of El Paso and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas.

by Julián Aguilar

In House District 75, incumbent Mary González has a solid lead over former state Rep. Chente Quintanilla. González leads with 61.5 percent to her challenger’s 38.5 — a difference of about 675 votes.

by Ross Ramsey

Just called Texas House District 121 for Joe Straus

by Jay Root

Donald Trump just congratulated Ted Cruz on his "excellent win" in Texas.

by Julián Aguilar

In House District 20, incumbent state Rep. Marsha Farney is trailing challenger Terry Wilson. But it’s very close - Farney has about 49.9 percent to Wilson’s 50.1. They’re separated by 37 votes.

by Abby Livingston

AP calls for Lamar Smith, a longtime Republican Congressional incumbent from San Antonio - and the House Science, Space and Technology chairman. He had a tea party challenger, but he had 63 percent at the time of the call. 

by Alexa Ura

Speaker Joe Straus declares victory in House District 121. Fending off two Tea Party-backed challengers, Straus easily held onto his lead with 60 percent of the vote.

"I'm proud of the campaign we ran and the positive message we delivered," Straus said in a statement. "A couple of people who live far away from here once again tried to take this seat from our community, and they have once again failed."

by Terri Langford

In Fort Bend County, state Rep. Ron Reynolds leads three other challengers in the Democratic primary. The House District 27 incumbent has received 54 percent of the early vote. His closest challenger, Angelique Bartholomew, captured 20 percent of the early vote. 

by Jordan Rudner

Over in the race for Place 2 on the Court of Criminal Appeals, Tea Party favorite Ray Wheless just caught up to Mary Lou Keel. Although Keel took a clear lead in early voting, Wheless has squeezed ahead by 2,000 votes with 5 percent of precincts reporting. Wheless and Keel both have slightly more than 37 percent of the vote while Chris Oldner has 25 percent, so that race has a good chance of ending in a May run-off.

by Julián Aguilar

In Senate District 1, Rep. Bryan Hughes' lead over House colleague David Simpson has grown by thousands. But now, the closest competitor to Hughes is James “Red” Brown. Hughes has 28,260 votes, about 49 percent of the total. Brown has about 22 percent, or 12,630 votes. Simpson has about 12,516, or 21.6 percent. Will there be a run-off?

by Abby Livingston

Texas Tribune and the AP call Texas' 29th Congressional District for Gene Green. His old friend, former Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia challenged him in what turned out to be a personally brutal primary. 

by Julián Aguilar

In the House District 1 rematch between state Rep. Gary VanDeaver, R-New Boston, and former lawmaker George Lavender, VanDeaver has expanded his lead and now has 65.6 percent of the vote. Lavender has 34.4 percent. The two are separated by more than 5,230 votes.

by Julián Aguilar

With another precinct reporting in House District 4, incumbent Republican state Rep. Stuart Spitzer still trails Lance Gooden, R-Terrell, by about 3 percentage points. Gooden has 51.4 percent, or about 8,213. Spitzer’s vote total is 7,763.

by Julián Aguilar

In House District 8, challenger Thomas McNutt continues to hold an edge over incumbent Byron Cook. The Corsicana lawmaker who chairs the House State Affairs Committee has about 48 percent to McNutt's 52 percent. That’s a difference of about 590 votes.

by Ayan Mittra

Calling a couple of Texas House GOP primary races: Incumbent state Reps. Travis Clardy of Nacogdoches and Kyle Kacal of College Station are winners.

by Jordan Rudner

The Texas Tribune is calling Place 9 on the Texas Supreme Court for incumbent Eva Guzman. Guzman boasted a deep bench of support that included U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick as well as a number of influential Tea Party groups across the state. This was her opponent Joe Pool Jr.'s third unsuccessful run for the Texas Supreme Court. 

The Texas Tribune is also calling Place 6 on the Court of Criminal Appeals for incumbent Michael Keasler. Keasler, the only incumbent running for re-election on the state's highest criminal court, has maintained a steady lead over Richard Davis over the course of the evening.

by Julián Aguilar

In House District 4, incumbent Republican state Rep. Stuart Spitzer is closing the gap in his close race against former lawmaker Lance Gooden, R-Terrell. Gooden leads with 51 percent of the vote, or about 9,335. Spitzer’s vote total is 9,019, or 49 percent.

by Abby Livingston

Many Congressional and Houston political observers have thought Gene Green was on borrowed time as an Anglo representing a heavily Hispanic Texas 29th Congressional District. But if the numbers hold through the night in his contest against Adrian Garcia, it's hard to see how anyone challenges him in a primary again.

by Alexa Ura

With 7 percent of precincts reporting, 3,214 votes separate incumbent state Sen. José Menéndez and state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer in Senate District 26. Menéndez is in the lead with 56 percent of the vote to Martinez Fischer's 44 percent.

by Jim Malewitz

Gary Gates, with 30 percent of the vote, will be in a run-off for the Republican race for Texas railroad commission, the Tribune is calling. We're not ready to declare a second man to move on, but Wayne Christian is currently in second place 22 percent of the vote, with 5 percent of precincts reporting. The former Texas House member is followed by Ron Hale (13 percent) and Lance Christian (12 percent).

by Jordan Rudner

The Texas Tribune is calling another Texas Supreme Court race — Place 3, for incumbent Debra Lehrmann, who has maintained a steady lead over challenger Michael Massengale. Massengale mounted a serious campaign to build name recognition, including spending more than $300,000 on television ads — an unusual move for a state Supreme Court candidate. But Lehrmann, who counts Gov. Greg Abbott among her supporters, holds roughly 53 percent of the vote, and looks to pull through.

by Nicole Cobler

From Reporter Jamie Lovegrove in San Antonio:

As Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, took the stage at Hillary Clinton's victory party in San Antonio, several people yelled out, “Hello Mr. vice president!” Castro laughed about it after his speech.

“I’ll be in Congress a little while longer,” he said.

But his twin brother, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro, has consistently been on the top of the media’s vice presidential shortlist.

“My brother understands that vice president is not an office that you run for, it’s the choice of the nominee, so he’s focused on his work at HUD, but also he’s been very helpful for Secretary Clinton around the county, and he’ll continue to do so,” Joaquin Castro said.

by Julián Aguilar

In Senate District 1, Rep. Bryan Hughes remains in first place in the four-person race. He has 48.6 percent of the vote – or about 32,000 votes. The battle for second place between David Simpson and James “Red” Brown remains close. Simpson has 21.8 percent to Brown’s 21.3 percent — a difference of fewer than 70 votes.

by Nicole Cobler

From Reporter Jamie Lovegrove in San Antonio:

Leticia van de Putte commended the Clintons for campaigning heavily in Texas over the past few weeks despite her initial advantages in the state at Clinton's victory party in San Antonio.

“We know that Secretary Clinton has such a great history in Texas, but what we saw wasn’t just, ‘Oh, I remember her from the last time she ran.’ What we saw was in every age demographic a strong win for Hillary Clinton.”

Van de Putte said she thinks Rep. Joaquin Castro and his brother, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, are the future of the Democratic Party and that it would be a great idea for Clinton to choose Julian Castro as her VP.

"They are articulate, they are driven and they know what’s at stake in this election,” van de Putte said.

by Johnathan Silver

From reporter Patrick Svitek in Houston:

Ted Cruz speaking now: "Tomorrow morning we have a choice: So long as the field remains divided, Donald Trump’s path to the nomination remains more likely ... The candidates who have not yet won a state, who have not yet racked up delegates, I ask you to prayerfully consider: Unite."

by Jim Malewitz

Just spoke with Gary Gates about his advance to a run-off for a Texas Railroad Commission seat. “This is exciting, when you have this many people [running], when you have to come from virtually nothing,” he said. “It’s just hard to get much above 30 percent when you’ve got this many candidates." He added: “I think we’re going to be pretty well positioned to hit the ground running tomorrow.”

by Julián Aguilar

In the House District 1 rematch between state Rep. Gary VanDeaver and former lawmaker George Lavender appears to be over. The Texas Tribune is calling the race for VanDeaver. This is one of several rematches in the Texas House.

by Johnathan Silver

Patrick Svitek reports:

Ted Cruz: Donald Trump is a "Washington dealmaker, profane and vulgar, who has a lifelong pattern of using government power for personal gain."

by Nicole Cobler

Donald Trump just wrapped up a press conference at his headquarters in Palm Beach. He took several shots at Marco Rubio, telling voters he doesn't think Rubio stands a chance against Hillary Clinton. "Ted at least has a shot," Trump said. "At least he's won a little bit."

by Jim Malewitz

If Gary Gates ends up facing former state Rep. Wayne Christian in a run-off, expect the wealthy real estate mogul and rancher to attack Christian for being a "career politician." In an interview, Gates touted his business background as something that's needed on the Texas Railroad Commission. He also conceded that the $1 million-plus he spent on the campaign — far more than anyone else shelled out — probably helped his cause in the down-ballot race.

by Abby Livingston

The Texas Tribune calls primaries in favor of GOP Congressional incumbents Michael Burgess, Pete Sessions and Lamar Smith. All avoid a runoff. 

by Abby Livingston

U.S. Rep Kevin Brady is now hovering around 50 percent in the race for House District 8, with 18 percent of precincts reporting. He must clear 50 percent plus one vote in order to avoid a run-off. His closest challenger is former state Rep. Steve Toth, who is at 40 percent. 

by Johnathan Silver

Early vote totals in from Lubbock County: In the Republican primary for House District 84, incumbent state Rep. John Frullo led with 5,586 early votes (55.62 percent) to former state Rep. Jim Landtroop’s 4,457 (44.38 percent). No Democrats are running for the seat.

by Ross Ramsey

State Rep. Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball, is running about 8 percentage points behind Valorie Swanson in Texas House District 150. Lots of votes still to count.

by Abby Livingston

AP declares attorney Vicente Gonzalez will be in the run-off to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. Rubén Hinojosa in South Texas. It is unclear who is opponent will be, Juan "Sonny" Palacios or Dolly Elizondo

by Julián Aguilar

With more precincts reporting in the contest for House District 8, challenger Thomas McNutt continues to hold an edge over incumbent Byron Cook. Cook has about 48 percent to McNutt's 52 percent. The difference is about 650 votes. Those totals are with 22 of the 83 precincts reporting.

by Ayan Mittra

Calling a few Texas House races. On the Republican side, incumbent state Reps. Sarah Davis (House District 134) and Dan Huberty (House District 127) advance, as does Tom Oliverson (House District 130), who's looking to succeed Allen Fletcher. On the Democratic side, primary winners include Alma Allen (HD 131), Jessica Farrar (HD 148), Hubert Vo (HD 149) and Gene Wu (HD 137). Also, Gina Hinojosa wins the Democratic primary without a run-off in a seven-person race to succeed Elliott Naishtat.

by Julián Aguilar

In House District 8, challenger Thomas McNutt now leads incumbent Byron Cook by about 575 votes. Cook has 48.4 percent to McNutt's 51.6 percent. Those totals are with 36 of the 83 precincts reporting, or about 43 percent.

by Julián Aguilar

In House District 75, incumbent Mary González continues to hold a solid lead over former state Rep. Chente Quintanilla. With 37 percent of the precincts in, González leads with 61.3 percent to her challenger’s 38.7 — a difference of about 682 votes.

by Julián Aguilar

In House District 20, incumbent state Rep. Marsha Farney is winning a very close race against challenger Terry Wilson. Farney has 50.1 percent to Wilson’s 49.9. They’re separated by 21 votes.

by Johnathan Silver

In the Texas House District 49 race, Gina Hinojosa wins the Democratic primary without a runoff to succeed Elliott Naishtat. After Naishtat's decision not to seek re-election, seven Democrats emerged: Hinojosa, Austin ISD Board president; legislative staffer Huey Fischer; defense attorney Matthew Shrum; personal injury attorney Aspen Dunaway; attorney Blake Rocap; and University of Texas law professor Heather Way.

by Jordan Rudner

The Texas Tribune is calling the Green v. Green showdown, otherwise known as the Texas Supreme Court Place 5 race, for incumbent Paul Green. Paul Green has maintained a consistent, and slowly growing, lead over Rick Green over the course of the night.

What this means: All three Texas Supreme Court primaries will go to the incumbents (Paul Green joins Eva Guzman and Debra Lehrmann, two races we called earlier). Read more about how they won their races here.

by Julián Aguilar

In Senate District 1, Rep. Bryan Hughes remains in first place in the four-person contest. He has 48.2 percent of the vote – or about 35,000 votes. The race for second place – and maybe a ticket to a runoff – is between David Simpson and James “Red” Brown. Simpson has 22.2 percent to Brown’s 20.7 percent. That’s a difference of about 1,030 votes.

by Julián Aguilar

In House District 4, incumbent Republican state Rep. Stuart Spitzer continues to trail former lawmaker Lance Gooden, R-Terrell. Gooden leads with 51.4 percent of the vote, or about 11,490 votes. Spitzer’s vote total is 10,867, or 48.6 percent.

by Nicole Cobler

In House District 114, incumbent state Rep. Jason Villalba still holds a lead over challenger Dan Morenoff. With 25 of 69 precincts reporting, Villalba leads 55.3 percent to Morenoff's 44.7 percent. 

In House District 115, incumbent state Rep. Matt Rinaldi leads 53.49 percent to Bennett Ratliff's 46.5 percent with 15 of 54 precincts reporting.

by Julián Aguilar

In House District 8, challenger Thomas McNutt’s  lead over incumbent Byron Cook has slimmed to about 190 votes with 83 percent of the precincts in. Cook has 49.6 percent to McNutt's 50.4 percent.

by Johnathan Silver

Out of Lubbock: In the Republican primary for the Texas House District 84 seat, former state Rep. Jim Landtroop tells supporters that based on early vote totals, "it’s a long shot." The former representative is in a race against incumbent state Rep. John Frullo. No election day numbers have been sent to the Texas Secretary of State's office.

Landtroop: "Early voting numbers are in, and we are down 44.4 to 55.6, but we had a record turnout for today. It is a long shot, but we are still waiting on the final numbers.

"Either way, I am so thankful and proud of the many volunteers that walked blocks, made phone calls and prayed without ceasing for our campaign. I owe a debt of gratitude to many amazing people in Lubbock."

by Abby Livingston

AP calls the GOP primary in U.S. House District 8 for Kevin Brady, who has 52 percent of the vote with 66 percent of precincts reporting. Brady needed to secure 50 percent plus one vote to avoid a runoff with former state Rep. Steve Toth

by Julián Aguilar

In House District 20, incumbent state Rep. Marsha Farney is down by 9 percentage points with 62 percent of the precincts reporting. Challenger Terry Wilson has 54.5 percent to Farney’s 45.5.

by Nicole Cobler

Incumbent Rep. Jonathan Stickland still leads in the race for House District 92 with 58.21 percent of the vote, to his GOP challenger Scott Fisher's 41.79 percent. That's with 29 of 56 precincts reporting in Tarrant County.

by Julián Aguilar

With 59 percent of the precincts in Senate District 1 reporting, Rep. Bryan Hughes remains in first place but he’s being pulled farther away from being able to avoid a runoff with state Rep. David Simpson. Hughes has about 46 percent to Simpson’s 24 percent.

by Nicole Cobler

The Texas Tribune is calling two competitive Dallas County GOP races: House District 114 for incumbent Rep. Jason Villalba and House District 115 for incumbent state Rep. Matt Rinaldi.

by Abby Livingston

The Texas Tribune calls the 8th Congressional District GOP primary for Kevin Brady. All federal House incumbents seem on track to avoid runoffs. 

by Jim Malewitz

With 40 percent of precincts reporting, Wayne Christian still sits in second place in the Republican race for Texas Railroad Commission. We have already determined that Gary Gates will advance to a runoff but have yet to declare the second slot. On the Democratic side, former Texas Rep. Lon Burnam — who drew virtually every major party endorsement — surprisingly sits in third with 25 percent of the vote. Grady Yarbrough is up top (40 percent), followed by Cody Garrett (35 percent). That's with 45 percent of precincts reporting.

by Ayan Mittra

Adding to the list of Texas House primary races we've called: Winners on the Republican side include state Reps. Pat Fallon (HD 106), Charlie Geren (HD 99), Jonathan Stickland (HD 92), Tony Tinderholt (HD 94) and Bill Zedler (HD 96).

by Abby Livingston

Texas Tribune calls attorney Vicente Gonzalez for the Democratic runoff to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa in the 15th Congressional District. It's still unclear who will join him, but the trend lines are promising for Juan "Sonny Palacios" and less so for Dolly Elizondo. 

by Nicole Cobler

We're calling House District 92 for GOP incumbent Rep. Jonathan Stickland of Bedford.

 

by Edgar Walters

We're calling Senate District 26 for incumbent state Sen. José Menéndez over challenger state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer. Martinez Fischer gave up a chance at re-election in House District 116, and San Antonio voters will soon return to the polls to fill that seat.

by Terri Langford

State Rep. Ron Reynolds continues to hold off three Democratic challengers in the House District 27 race. With 42 of 79 precincts reporting, Reynolds, D-Missouri City, has 52 percent of the vote. 

by Julián Aguilar

We’re calling House District 75 for incumbent Mary González, D-Clint. González survived a challenge from former state Rep. Chente Quintanilla, who bowed out four years ago but sought to recapture his old seat. With 24 of 27 precincts reporting, González leads with 59 percent of the vote.

by Johnathan Silver

Lubbock County Elections Office unofficial results: With 56 of 56 precincts reporting in the Republican primary for the Texas House District 84 seat, state Rep. John Frullo finishes with 9,872 votes (55.21 percent) to former state Rep. Jim Landtroop’s 8,010 (44.79 percent).

by Julián Aguilar

In House District 8, challenger Thomas McNutt loses to incumbent Byron Cook in one of the closest races of the evening. Cook trailed by as many as 600 votes at one point. But with 83 of 83 precincts reporting, Cook edged out his 25-year old challenger by 222 votes.

by Ayan Mittra

Adding to our list of winners: State Reps. Jodie Laubenberg (HD 89) and Ron Simmons (HD 65). State Rep. Doug Miller (HD 73) is headed to a runoff with Kyle Biedermann

by Abby Livingston

The Texas Tribune calls the runoff for Congressional District 19, the open-seat race to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Randy Neugebauer: Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson versus former Texas Tech Vice Chancellor Jodey Arrington.

by Ayan Mittra

In the Senate District 1 GOP race, we're projecting that Bryan Hughes is headed to a runoff. It's not yet clear who he will face, as David Simpson is in a tight race with James "Red" Brown.

by Abby Livingston

The Texas Tribune and AP call the 15th Congressional District for Vicente Gonzalez and Juan "Sonny" Palacios. Dolly Elizondo placed third. This means that Texas will not send its first Latina to the U.S. House next term.

by Ayan Mittra

Catching up on some Texas House races we've called. GOP primary winners include State Rep. Paul Workman (HD 47), Mike Lang (HD 60), Jay Dean (HD 7), state Rep. John Cyrier (HD 17), state Rep. DeWayne Burns (HD 58), state Rep. J.D. Sheffield (HD 59), state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (HD  89), state Rep. Ron Simmons (HD 65).

by Ayan Mittra

A couple more GOP congressman have won their primaries: U.S. Reps. John Culberson of Houston and Blake Farenthold of Corpus Christi are advancing.

by Julián Aguilar

We're calling House District 4 for Lance Gooden, R-Terrell, who beat incumbent Republican state Rep. Stuart Spitzer by about 1,000 votes. Gooden received about 52 percent of the vote. 

by Jim Malewitz

We're calling a Democratic runoff for Texas Railroad Commission between Grady Yarbrough and Cody Garrett. They have defeated former state Rep. Lon Burnam, who was a clear favorite going into election day.

by Julián Aguilar

We're calling House District 20 for Terry Wilson over incumbent state Rep. Marsha Farney.

by Edgar Walters

We're calling House District 2 for incumbent state Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, who narrowly survived a challenge from Tea Party-backed Bryan Slaton.

by Jim Malewitz

At long last, we're calling the GOP runoff for Texas Railroad Commission: Gary Gates will face Wayne Christian

by Ross Ramsey

We're calling a runoff in House District 128 between incumbent Wayne Smith, who has 42.9 percent of the vote, and challenger Briscoe Cain who has 48.9 percent, with 86 percent counted.

by Ayan Mittra

In the Senate District 1 race, David Simpson wins a spot in the GOP runoff by 13 votes. He'll face fellow state Rep. Bryan Hughes.

by Robert Inks

Dawn Buckingham and Susan King will face each other in a runoff for the chance to represent Senate District 24, in a race where no candidate broke 30 percent of the vote.

by Robert Inks

As 2 a.m. looms, five races are still too close to call: The Democratic contest for Congressional District 27, the Republican contest for Congressional District 34, the GOP race for District 9 of the State Board of Education, the Republican race for state House District 55 and the Democratic race for state House District 120.

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