November 6, 2018 Midterm Election Results
Midterm elections are notorious for poor voter turnout. However, the intensity of this election is reflected in a stunning 52.61% of Texans showing up to cast ballots. Incredibly, 72% of those ballots were cast in early voting. As of this writing, there are still 76 precincts not yet reflected in the state’s totals. The result of important state and local races are detailed below.
At the national level, historically, in midterm elections, the president’s party can lose on the average of about 30 house seats and 4 senate seats. Despite President Trump’s unparalleled campaign schedule across the nation, this election is no different. As of this writing, not all races have been called, but here is where we stand. 218 seats are needed to control the House: Democrats have 219, Republicans have 193, and there are 23 seats still being determined. 51 seats are needed to control the Senate: Republicans have 52 seats, Democrats have 45 seats, with 3 seats still being decided.
U.S. Senator: Senator Ted Cruz defeated Beto O’Rourke with 51.04% of the vote. Senator Cruz got 4,228,832 votes whereas O’Rourke got 4,015,082 votes. 99.04% of the precincts have reported in.
U.S. Representatives District 5: District 5 stretches easterly, from east Dallas to Mineola and Van. Its northern border jags along the south side of Lake Tawakoni, and up to include much of Lake Fork Reservoir. The western border angles south from Dallas toward Palestine. Its southern border includes the communities of Rusk, Alto and Wells. This race was between Lance Gooden (R), Dan Wood (D) and Phil Gray (I). Lance Gooden defeated Dan Wood with 61.71% of the vote. Gooden received 130,404 votes, while Wood received 78,394 votes. This race is thus called, as 100% of the Precincts have reported in.
Governor: Governor Greg Abbott defeated his democrat opponent Lupe Valdez with 55.14% of the vote. Abbott got 4,622,407 votes while Valdez got 3,520,868 votes. 99.04% of the precincts have reported in.
Lieutenant Governor: Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick won his race against Mike Collier with 51.12% of the votes to Collier’s 46.94%. Patrick got 4,229,793 votes, whereas Collier got 3,833,069 votes. 99.04% of the precincts have reported in.
Attorney General: Attorney General Ken Paxton defeated Justin Nelson with 50.5% of the votes to Nelson’s 47.36%. Paxton received 4,160,846 votes while Nelson got 3,870,345 votes. 99.04% of the precincts have reported in.
Comptroller of Public Accounts, Glenn Hegar keeps his position, defeating Joi Chevalier by 53.32%. George P. Bush remains the Texas Commissioner of the General Land Office, as he won his race against democrat Miguel Suazo, with 53.64% of the vote. Sid Miller remains the Commissioner of Agriculture as he defeated Kim Olson by 51.35%. Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick defeated opponent Roman McAllen by 53.28%.
State Senator District 2: State Senator Bob Hall defeats his democratic opponent Kendall Scudder by 58.39%. Hall received 152,659 votes whereas Scudder got 104,528. This race is called as 100% of the Precincts have reported in.
State Representative District 2: State Representative Dan Flynn won his race against Bill Brannon by 80.07%. Flynn received 45,808 votes whereas Brannon received 11,421 votes. This race is called as 100% of the Precincts have reported in.
Texas Court of Appeals:
The 12th Court of Appeals, serves seventeen counties, including Henderson, Smith, Van Zandt, and Wood. The race for Place 3 had no opposition, so Justice Greg Neeley remains on the bench.
The 5th Court of Appeals includes the counties of Collin, Dallas, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman and Rockwall. The Places up for election were 2, 5, 9-13. In other words, there were 7 justices up for election. In addition, of the 7 justices up for election, 5 justices were incumbent republicans seeking reelection. Significantly, all seven races were won by the democrat candidate. The Chief Justice race for the 5th Court of Appeals between Douglas Lang (R) and Robert Burns (D) was won by Burns with 52.56% of the vote.