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Texas Primary Election Results
Wednesday, March 7, 2018 6:55 AM

Candidates supported by TCCULPAC did well in the 2018 primary elections yesterday. It was widely reported in the media that turnout was up in both major party primaries.

Democrat turnout was nearly double, going from more than 560,000 in 2014 to more than 1 million in 2018, which is about 6.8 percent of registered voters. Republican turnout increased as well, from more than 1,149,000 in 2014 to more than 1,541,000 in 2018, or about 10.10 percent of registered voters.

"All of the credit union people who contributed to TCCULPAC and volunteered to work on campaigns are critical to protecting the credit union charter so our voices will be heard in DC and Austin," said Cornerstone Credit Union League President/CEO Caroline Willard. "Thank you to everyone who engaged in the Leagues political efforts to help credit union friendly candidates."

US Senator Ted Cruz won the Republican primary with 85 percent of the vote and this fall will face Democrat Beto O'Rourke who won with 62 percent of the vote.

Statewide Republican officeholders Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, Comptroller Glenn Hegar, Land Commissioner George P. Bush and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller won their primary races and will face opponents in November. Andrew White and Lupe Valdez will be in a runoff to be the Democratic candidate for governor.

The date for the runoff elections is May 22, 2018.

Congressional incumbents Kevin Brady (R-Houston), Kay Granger (R-Ft. Worth), Mac Thornberry (R-Amarillo), Vicente Gonzalez (D-McAllen), Al Green (D-Houston), Bill Flores (R-Waco), Jodey Arrington (R-Lubbock), Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio), Roger Williams (R-Weatherford), Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo), Filemon Vela (D-Brownsville), Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin), and Brian Babin (R-Woodville) had no primary opponents. 

Incumbents winning their primaries are Louie Gohmert (R-Tyler), John Ratcliffe (R-Heath), Mike Conaway (R-Midland), John Culberson (R-Houston), Mike McCaul (R-Austin), Randy Weber (R-Pearland), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston), Pete Olson (R-Sugar Land), Kenny Marchant (R-Irving), Michael Burgess (R-Flower Mound), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-Dallas), John Carter (R-Round Rock), Pete Sessions (R-Dallas), and Marc Veasey (D-Fort Worth).

In open seats, Democrat Veronica Escobar will face Republican Rick Seeberger in District 16, Sen. Sylvia Garcia will be the Democratic candidate in District 29, and Republican Sen. Van Taylor won the Republican nomination in District 3 and will face the winner of the Democratic runoff this fall.

Congressional runoff elections:

  • Republicans Kevin Roberts and Dan Crenshaw in District 2
  • Republicans Lance Gooden and Bunni Pounds in District 5
  • Republicans Ron Wright and Jake Ellzey in District 6
  • Republicans Chip Roy and Matt McCall in District 21
  • Republicans Bech Bruun and Michael Cloud in District 27
  • Republicans Phillip Aronoff and Carmen Maria Montiel in District 29
  • Democrats Lorie Burch and Sam Johnson in District 3
  • Democrats Ruby Faye Woolridge and Jana Lynne Sanchez in District 6
  • Democrats Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and Laura Moser in District 7
  • Democrats Mike Siegel and Madeline Tawana Walter-Cadien
  • Democrats Mary Street Wilson and Joseph Kopser in District 21
  • Democrats Sri Preston Kulkarni and Letitia Plummer in District 22
  • Democrats Gina Ortiz Jones and Rick Trevino in District 23
  • Democrats Chris Perri and Julie Oliver in District 25
  • Democrats Roy Barrera and Eric Holguin in District 27
  • Democrats Mary Jennings Hegar and Christine Eady Mann in District 31
  • Democrats Colin Allred and Lillian Salerno in District 32

Democrats Al Green, Joaquin Castro, Henry Cuellar, and Eddie Bernice Johnson will have no Republican opponent in the fall. All other congressional seats will be contested with Republican and Democrat candidates.

In the Texas Senate, 15 of the 31 seats were up for re-election. Angela Paxton won her bid to be the Republican candidate in District 8. Incumbent senators who won their primary races are Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), Bob Hall (R-Canton), Joan Huffman (R-Houston), Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown), Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo), and John Whitmire (D-Houston). Incumbent Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls) lost to Pat Fallon (R-Frisco).

Senate incumbents running without a primary opponent are Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), Konni Burton (R-Colleyville), Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), Don Huffines (R-Dallas), Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville), Kirk Watson (D-Austin), and Royce West (D-Dallas).

There is one runoff election between Democrats Rita Lucido and Fran Watson in District 17.

Forty seven incumbents in the Texas House faced primary opponents. Dan Flynn (R-Van) won his seat in his second race against challenger Bryan Slaton by 790 votes. He defeated Slaton in the 2016 primary by 581 votes out of 29,255 votes cast, or less than 2 percent. 

“Dan Flynn’s hard-fought victory is also a victory for credit unions," said Jeff Huffman, president of the Texas Credit Union Association. "He has been a champion for credit union members for many years, helping defeat onerous regulatory requirements and preserving the SDSI authority of the credit union department. We were glad to see voters elected many supporters of credit unions in the primaries. Now we need to help credit union supporters who face runoff elections in May."

House incumbents who defeated primary challengers are:

Diego Bernal (D-San Antonio), Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton), Harold Dutton (D-Houston), Jessica Farrar (D-Houston), Mary Edna Gonzalez (El Paso), Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City), Dan Huberty (R-Houston), Eric Johnson (D-Dallas), Jarvis Johnson (D-Houston), Mike Lang (R-Granbury), Rene Oliveira (D-Brownsville), Chris Paddie (R-Marshall), Walter T. “Four” Price (R-Amarillo), Ron Reynolds (D-Missouri City), J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville), Hugh Shine (R-Temple), Shawn Thierry (D-Houston), and Armando Lucio Walle, Jr. (D-Houston), Rodney Anderson (R-Grand Prairie), Diana Arevalo (D-San Antonio), Ernest Bailes (R-Shepherd), Kyle Biedermann (R-Fredricksburg), Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake), Travis Clardy (R-Nacogdoches), Garnet Coleman (D-Houston), Philip Cortez (D-San Antonio), Scott Cosper (R-Killeen), Sarah Davis (R-Houston), Charlie Geren (R-Fort Worth), Bobby Guerra (D-McAllen), Ken King (R-Canadian), Linda Koop (R-Dallas), Lyle Larson (R-San Antonio), Will Metcalf (R-Conroe), Ina Minjarez (D-San Antonio), John Raney (R-Bryan), Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler), Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton), Lynn Stucky (R-Sanger), Valoree Swanson (R-Spring), and Paul Workman (R-Austin).

Six Incumbents lost their re-election bids: Roberto Alonzo (D-Dallas), Diana Arevalo (D-San Antonio), Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin), Wayne Faircloth (R-Galveston), Tomas Uresti (D-San Antonio), and Jason Villalba (R-Dallas).

Challengers who won in the Republican primary are Mayes Middleton in District 23, Ken Strange in District 45, Cynthia Flores in District 52, Candy Noble in District 89, Jared Patterson in District 106, Jonathan Boos in District 113, Michael Berlanga in District 117, Sam Harless in District 126, and Ruben Villarreal in District 144.

Democrat Trey Martinez Fischer, who previously held the seat in District 116, defeated incumbent Diana Arrevelo, and former Republican House member Steve Toth will be the Republican nominee in District 15. All will face opponents in November.

Texas House runoff elections:

  • Republican former House member Stuart Spitzer and Keith Bell in District 4
  • Republican incumbent Scott Cosper and Brad Buckley in District 54
  • Republicans Reggie Smith and Brent Lawson in District 62
  • Republicans Matt Beebe and Steve Allison in District 121
  • Republicans Cody Harris and Thomas McNutt in District 8
  • Republicans Jill Wolfskill and Ben Leman in District 13
  • Republicans Deanna Maria Metzger and Joe Ruzicka in District 107
  • Democrat incumbent Rene Oliveira and Alex Dominguez in District 37
  • Democrats Rebecca Bell-Metereau and Erin Zwiener in District 45
  • Democrats Sheryl Cole and Chito Vela in District 46
  • Democrats Vikki Goodwin and Elaina Fowler in District 47
  • Democrats Mat Pruneda and Andrew Morris in District 64
  • Democrats Deshaundra Lockhart Jones and Carl Sherman in District 109
  • Democrats Sandra Moore and Marty Schexnayder in District 133

Full election results for the Republican and Democratic parties are on the Texas Secretary of State’s website. 

For more information, please contact Texas Credit Union Association President Jeff Huffman at 469-385-6488 or