Tuesday, March 6 was Election Day in Texas. More than 2.5 million Texans hit the polls to cast their ballots for the 2018 Texas Primary Election. More than 1 million residents voted in the Democratic primary, and 1.5 million in the Republican primary statewide. Democrats had a significant lead in vote totals for early voting but that changed on Election Day with 700,000 Republicans hitting the polls. Democratic vote totals for the state easily surpassed the totals from 2014 and almost reached levels of turnout they experienced in 2002.
In Bexar County, more than 155,000 residents hit the polls to cast their ballots for the 2018 Texas Primary Election. Vote totals were a little different here locally with Democratic vote totals surpassing Republican totals for both early and Election Day voting. More than 86,000 ballots were cast in the Democratic primary and 69,000 were cast in the Republican primary. Early voter turnout in Bexar County surpassed totals of the 2010 and 2014 primary.
Given the number of retirements and highly contested races, more than 30 Texas primary races did not receive the necessary votes to win on March 6, leading them to a May 22 run-off election. In order to call a race, a candidate must receive at least 50% of the vote plus at least one additional vote; otherwise, the top two vote-getters head to a run-off election. The Secretary of State Office has up to 30 days to certify the votes after the primary. There are no run-offs during the November Election; the candidate who receives the most votes wins.
Below are the results from key primary races across the State and Bexar County:
|Governor||Democratic challengers Lupe Valdez and Andrew White will head to a runoff to face Incumbent Governor Greg Abbott.
|Lieutenant Governor||Incumbent Lt. Governor Dan Patrick will face Democrat Mike Collier in the November general election|
|U.S. Senator||Incumbent Senator Ted Cruz will face Democrat Beto O’Rourke in the November General Election|
|U.S. Representative District 23||Democratic challengers Gina Ortiz Jones and Rick Trevino will head to a runoff to face Republican Incumbent Will Hurd|
|U.S. Representative District 21||Democratic challengers Joseph Kopser and Mary Street Wilson will head to a run off to face Republican challenger Chip Roy or Matt McCall|
|U.S. Representative District 35||Republican David Smalling will face Democrat incumbent Lloyd Doggett|
|Texas House District 116||Democratic Trey Martinez Fischer will face Republican Fernando Padron|
|Texas House District 117||Democratic incumbent Philip Cortez will face Republican Michael Berlanga|
|Texas House District 118||Republican John Lujan will face Democrat Leo Pacheco|
|Texas House District 121||Republican challengers Matt Beebe and Steve Allison will head into a runoff to face Democrat Celina Montoya|
|Texas House District 124||Democratic Incumbent Ina Minjarez will face Republican Johnny Arredondo|
|Bexar County Commissioner Precinct 2||Democrat Incumbent Paul Elizondo and Queta Rodriguez will head to a run off to face Republican Fernando Padron|
|Bexar County District Attorney||Democrat Joe Gonzales will face Republican Tylden Shaeffer in the November general election|
You can count on your Chamber to keep you updated on the run-off elections, and we will be your primary source for candidates’ positions on the issues most important to our business community. To learn more about the May 22 Run-off Election visit the Bexar County Election website http://www.bexar.org/1568/Elections-Department.
If you are interested in results from other races in the 2018 Primary Election, our friends at Texas Tribune have put together a page listing all the results. https://apps.texastribune.org/elections/2018/primary-election-results/