TEXAS | TX-32 | TX-23 | TX-29 | TX-27 | TX-21 | TX-16 | TX-6 | TX-5 | TX-3 | TX-2 | TX-7

Competitive Texas Races Head to Runoffs

Despite DCCC attacks, Laura Moser made it into the runoff in TX-07.

March 7, 2018, 11:02 a.m.

Texas held the cycle’s first primaries Tuesday, and as expected the three most competitive seats in the state are headed to a Democratic primary runoff on May 22. The fields are set in seats held by Reps. Pete Sessions (R-32) and John Culberson (R-07), but with a close result the second runoff spot is still up for grabs in Rep. Will Hurd’s (R-23) district. Former Air Force intelligence officer Gina Ortiz Jones (D) will likely face either teacher Rick Trevino (D) or former Obama appointee Judy Canales (D), who were within 150 votes of each other with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

Three candidates in safe, open seats cleared the 50 percent threshold to secure the nomination: state Sen. Van Taylor (R) in TX-03; former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar (D) in TX-16; and state Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D) in TX-29. Five other GOP-held open seats are headed for a runoff.

BREAKDOWN. One of the biggest takeaways for those watching the Texas primary results: fundraising isn’t always a good predictor of electoral success. Some of the strongest fundraisers in the Democratic primaries for Texas’ three competitive seats—Alex Triantaphyllis in TX-07, Jay Hulings in TX-23, and Ed Meier in TX-32—came in fourth in their respective primaries. Hulings hauled in half a million dollars and trailed two candidates who each raised less than $33,000 by mid-February.

And in the open TX-02 race, GOP donor Kathaleen Wall fell short of the runoff—after investing $6 million of her own funds.

One winner from Tuesday: EMILY’s List, which backed the Democratic nominees in TX-16 and TX-29 ,who are poised to become the first Latina elected to Congress from the state. The group is also sending a candidate to the runoff in the three most competitive general election races.

A loser might be the DCCC. The opposition research they dumped on Laura Moser failed to keep her out of the runoff to face Culberson, and there’s some evidence in the early voting data to suggest it may have helped her get there.

NRCC Spokesman Matt Gorman: “I guess the DCCC can’t rig a primary as well as their counterparts at the DNC.”

National Democrats also favored Hulings in the race against Hurd. He had support from House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer and the Castro brothers, but still put up a meager showing.

FULL RESULTS. Data comes from the Texas Secretary of State’s website. If no candidate received a majority of the vote, the race advances to a May 22 runoff.

Competitive Seats

TX-07: Trial lawyer Lizzie Pannill Fletcher (D): 29 percent
Activist Laura Moser (D): 24 percent
Physician Jason Westin (D): 19 percent
Nonprofit executive Alex Triantaphyllis (D): 16 percent

TX-23: Former Air Force intelligence officer Gina Ortiz Jones (D): 41 percent (with 99 percent of precincts reporting)
Teacher Rick Trevino (D): 17.45 percent
Former Obama appointee Judy Canales (D): 17.15 percent
Fed­er­al pro­sec­utor Jay Hul­ings (D): 15 percent

TX-32: Former NFL player Colln Allred (D): 39 percent
Former Agriculture Department appointee Lillian Salerno (D): 18 percent
Television reporter Brett Shipp (D): 16 percent
Former Clinton aide Ed Meier (D): 14 percent

Open Democratic-Held Seats

TX-16: Former El Paso County Judge Veronica Escobar (D): 61 percent
Former El Paso Independent School Board District member Dori Fenenbock (D): 22 percent

TX-29: State Sen. Sylvia Garcia (D): 63 percent
Health care company CEO Tahir Javed (D): 21 percent

Open Republican-Held Seats

TX-02: State Rep. Kevin Roberts (R): 33 percent
Former Navy SEAL Daniel Crenshaw (R): 27 percent

TX-03: State Sen. Van Taylor (R): 85 percent

TX-05: State Rep. Lance Gooden (R): 30 percent
Former Hensarling campaign manager Bunni Pounds (R): 22 percent

TX-06: Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector Ron Wright (R): 45 percent
Retired Naval aviator Jake Ellzey (R): 22 percent

TX-21: Former senatorial Chief of Staff Chip Roy (R): 27 percent
2016 candidate Matt McCall (R): 17 percent

Army veteran Joseph Kopser (D): 29 percent
Minister Mary Street Wilson (D): 31 percent

TX-27: Texas Water Development Board Chairman Bech Bruun (R): 36 percent
Former Victoria County GOP Chair Michael Cloud (R): 34 percent

What We're Following See More »
FOUR JOURNALISTS AND A NEWSPAPER HONORED
Time Awards Person of the Year to "The Guardians"
2 hours ago
THE LATEST
SAYS THEY'RE BLACKMAILING HIM
Jerome Corsi Sues Mueller, Agencies for $350M
1 days ago
THE LATEST

"The conservative writer and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi filed a lawsuit on Sunday accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of blackmailing him to lie about President Donald Trump in the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. The suit, which seeks $350 million in actual and punitive damages in U.S. District Court in Washington, was filed six days after Corsi entered a formal complaint with the Justice Department alleging prosecutorial misconduct by Mueller." Corsi alleges that Mueller illegally leaked information from the grand jury, and that Mueller's team "threatened him with prison unless he agreed to testify falsely that he served as a liaison between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and the Republican political strategist Roger Stone."

Source:
BOTH SIDES' POSITIONS HAVE HARDENED OVER BORDER
Trump Meeting with Schumer, Pelosi on Tuesday
1 days ago
THE LATEST

"A year-end spending deal to fund one-quarter of the federal government rests on a critical meeting this week between President Trump and two top Democrats. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., will meet with Trump Tuesday morning to talk about what agreement the two sides can reach, if any, when it comes to funding for a southern border wall."

Source:
COHEN ASSISTING INVESTIGATION
Prosecutors Looking at Other Figures in Trump Org.
1 days ago
THE LATEST

In the wake of Michael Cohen's guilty plea, "the federal prosecutors in Manhattan shifted their attention to what role, if any, Trump Organization executives played in the campaign finance violations, according to people briefed on the matter. Mr. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s self-described fixer, has provided assistance in that inquiry, which is separate from the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III."

Source:
FINANCIAL CRIMES, PLUS LYING TO CONGRESS
Mueller Requests Four-Year Prison Time for Cohen
3 days ago
THE LATEST

"Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer, should receive a “substantial” prison term of roughly four years, federal prosecutors in New York said on Friday. Mr. Cohen, 52, is to be sentenced in Manhattan for two separate guilty pleas: one for campaign finance violations and financial crimes charged by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, and the other for lying to Congress in the Russia inquiry, filed by Mr. Mueller’s office."

Source:
×
×

Welcome to National Journal!

You are currently accessing National Journal from IP access. Please login to access this feature. If you have any questions, please contact your Dedicated Advisor.

Login