Texas House Primary Results
[11:58 p.m.] TX-33: State Rep. Marc Veasey and former state Rep. Domingo Garcia will face each other in a runoff after finishing atop the Democratic primary.
The Associated Press called the runoff just before midnight Eastern time. With 98 percent of precincts reporting, Veasey led Garcia 37 percent to 25 percent. Fort Worth Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks came in third with 13 percent, and eight other Democrats divided the remainder of the primary vote.
Veasey, an African-American, and Garcia, a HIspanic, will meet one-on-one on July 31, extending a contentious primary for another two months. Each man drew just under a majority in their home county; Veasey got 49 percent of the Tarrant County vote, while Garcia got about 44 percent in Dallas County. Hicks's votes came almost exclusively from Tarrant, which seems likely to benefit Veasey in the runoff.
The real question for the "second primary" is turnout, though, and that will be a bigger hurdle for Garcia. African-American voters, especially in Tarrant, have overperformed their share of the population in recent Democratic primaries, while Hispanics have not turned out to vote at rates befitting their plurality of the district's population.
Garcia is hopeful that a viable Hispanic candidate can nudge large numbers of new Hispanic voters to the polls, but his second-place finish belies that somewhat.
[11:52 p.m.] TX-34: Attorney Filemon Vela will advance to a runoff for the Democratic nomination in the district with a strong plurality of the vote. The Associated Press called the runoff at 11:40 with two other candidates, Denise Blanchard and Ramiro Garza, fighting for the other spot in the July election. With 73 percent of precincts reporting, Vela had 41 percent of the vote, with Blanchard and Garza close together at 13 percent apiece.
Vela comes from a Gulf Coast political family and brought some of his own money to bear on the race, outspending the field. Cameron County District Attorney Armando Villalobos was initially considered a frontrunner but was indicted on federal fraud charges earlier this month.