Texas Primary Elections 2020
The Texas 2020 runoff election to determine which Democratic and Republican candidates will be on the ballot in November was held on July 14 after being postponed from May 26 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are some highlights of Tuesday’s results.
In the Democratic party run off for the candidate to face incumbent Senator John Cornyn, MJ Hegar defeated Royce West. West will continue to serve in the Texas Senate until 2023 when his term ends.
Incumbent Eddie Lucio Jr. (D-Brownsville) emerged as the Democratic candidate for Senate District 27, prevailing over challenger Sara Stapleton- Barrera. This race was viewed as highlighting the ideological split in the Democratic party due to Barrera’s more progressive platform.
In the Democratic primary for Senate District 19, State Representative Roland Gutierrez won the nomination over Xochil Pena Rodriguez. Representative Gutierrez will face off against incumbent Senator Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton). Flores won a special election in 2018, in what is seen as a historically democratic district.
A special election was held to replace former state Senator Kirk Watson (D-Austin), who retired from the Texas Senate to be the founding Dean of the University of Houston Hobby School of Public Affairs. Former Travis County Judge Sara Eckhardt (D-Austin) was leading against state Representative Eddie Rodriguez (D-Austin), but the race appears to be heading into a runoff with Eckhardt hovering at 49.6%.
In the Republican primary race to replace outgoing Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton), former Angleton City Council member Cody Vasult leads the Brazoria tax-assessor with 69.5%. The winner will face Patrick Henry, the democratic nominee in the general election. This seat is considered a safe Republican seat.
In the Republican primary for who will run to replace Representative Rick Miller (R-Sugarland), Jacey Jetton was leading over Matt Morgan with 52.4% of the vote. Morgan, a public adjuster, narrowly defeated Jetton in the March primary and had the financial backing of several notable storm attorneys. Texans for Lawsuit Reform (TLR) helped contribute to Jetton in the runoff.
Two Texas House Republicans, who were endorsed by Governor Greg Abbott, lost their primary in the runoff:
State Representative Dan Flynn (R-Canton), who was running for a 10th term, was defeated by Bryan Slaton, a businessman who had run for the seat twice before.
State Representative J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville), who has served in the House since 2013, lost to Shelby Slawson, an attorney.
In the Democratic primaries:
State Representative Anna Eastman (D-Houston) lost to Penny Morales Shaw. Eastman was elected in a special election in January.
State Representative Lorraine Birabil (D-Dallas) is trailing Jasmine Felicia Crockett, 50.4% to 49.6% respectively.