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Top Races in the Texas Primary Runoff Election

Runoff winners will face challengers in the uniform election Tuesday, Nov. 6

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    Top Races in the Primary Runoff

    The final votes are being cast Tuesday for three dozen primary runoffs in North Texas where no candidate captured 50 percent of the votes cast in crowded fields during the March 6 primary. (Published Tuesday, May 22, 2018)

    Polls are now closed for three dozen primary runoffs in North Texas where no candidate captured 50 percent of the votes cast in crowded fields during the March 6 primary.

    An Hispanic female ex-sheriff has won the Democratic runoff to become the first openly gay and first Latina nominated for governor.

    While Lupe Valdez's victory Tuesday breaks barriers, the 70-year-old former Dallas County sheriff faces long odds of ousting Republican Gov. Greg Abbott this fall.

    She defeated Andrew White, the son of a former governor who pitched himself as a moderate Democrat in deep-red Texas.

    The runoff generated little enthusiasm among Democrats. Valdez has struggled to raise money and fumbled some questions on policy. Party activists have also attacked her for cooperating with federal immigration agents as sheriff.

    Governor Democrats

    100% ReportingJun 6, 9:17 AM
    Lupe Valdez (D)

    227889

    53%
    Andrew White (D)

    204291

    47%

    Theirs is the only statewide race requiring a second round of voting.

    Valdez, White Square Off in Texas Gov. Democratic PrimaryValdez, White Square Off in Texas Gov. Democratic Primary

    The final votes are being cast Tuesday for three dozen primary runoffs in North Texas where no candidate captured 50 percent of the votes cast in crowded fields during the March 6 primary.

    (Published Tuesday, May 22, 2018)

    But in 17 U.S. House districts, 11 on the Democratic side and six involving Republicans, the top-two March finishers were on the ballot again Tuesday to advance to the uniform election this fall. Same goes for assorted state House seats, and one Democratic primary in a Texas Senate district.

    U.S. House - District 3 Runoff
    In Collin County, where another longtime congressman, U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX 3rd District), is retiring, Lorie Burch won the runoff with 75% of the vote. She will face State Sen. Van Taylor, of Plano, who won the GOP nomination in the primary.

    U.S. Rep. - District 3 Democrats

    100% ReportingJun 6, 9:17 AM
    Lorie Burch (D)

    9344

    75%
    Sam Johnson (D)

    3107

    25%

    U.S. House - District 5 Runoff
    Another retiring congressman, U.S. Rep. Jeb Hensarling, leaves a vacancy in the 5th District that covers East Dallas into East Texas. Entrepreneur Bunni Pounds was defeated in a small margin by State Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell). Gooden won 53% of the vote.

    U.S. Rep. - District 5 Republicans

    100% ReportingJun 6, 9:17 AM
    Lance Gooden (R)

    17936

    54%
    Bunni Pounds (R)

    15343

    46%

    U.S. House - District 6 Runoff

    In North Texas, the District 6 race for the seat once held by longtime Republican Congressman Joe Barton has runoffs on both the Republican and Democratic sides. Former Tarrant County Tax Assessor, and Barton staffer, Ron Wright won the nomination in a race against Jake Ellzey.

    U.S. Rep - District 6 Republicans

    100% ReportingJun 6, 9:17 AM
    Ron Wright (R)

    12747

    52%
    Jake Ellzey (R)

    11686

    48%

    On the Democratic side, Jana Lynne Sanchez defeated Ruby Faye Woolridge for the District 6 seat.

    U.S. Rep - District 6 Democrats

    100% ReportingJun 6, 9:17 AM
    Jana Sanchez (D)

    6103

    53%
    Ruby Woolridge (D)

    5386

    47%

    U.S. House - District 32 Runoff
    Colin Allred defeated Lillian Salerno, both Democrats, in the U.S. House - District 32 runoff. Allred was put in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red to Blue program following the March primary. The program helps fund congressional campaigns for Democrats. Allred now faces U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions in the general.

    U.S. Rep - District 32 Democrats

    100% ReportingJun 6, 9:17 AM
    Colin Allred (D)

    15658

    69%
    Lillian Salerno (D)

    6874

    31%

    Allred Defeats Salerno in Primary; Will Face SessionsAllred Defeats Salerno in Primary; Will Face Sessions

    Colin Allred defeated Lillian Salerno, both Democrats, in the U.S. House - District 32 runoff. Allred was put in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Red to Blue program following the March primary. He will face U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions in the general election.

    (Published Tuesday, May 22, 2018)

    Tarrant County Tax Assessor/Collector

    Former Mansfield City Councilwoman Wendy Burgess defeated former NBC 5 anchor Mike Snyder in the Republican primary runoff for the tax assessor seat left vacant by Ron Wright, who is in the Dist. 6 run-off. Burgess will face former NBC 5 staffer Ollie Anderson in the general. Anderson, a Democrat, ran unopposed in the March primary.

    U.S. Representative - District 25

    100% ReportingNov 21, 1:33 PM
    Roger Williams (R)

    162288

    54%
    Julie Oliver (D)

    135288

    45%
    Desarae Lindsey (L)

    5124

    2%