Abbott easily wins primary; Paxton forced to runoff


As expected, Texas Governor Greg Abbott was a big winner in the Republican primary for Texas Governor. The incumbent beat challengers Allen West and Don Huffines by more than 50 percentage points in yesterday's primary. This sets up a November general election showdown with Beto O'Rourke, who easily won his primary.

In other statewide races, Attorney General Ken Paxton did not get the 50% he needed to avoid a runoff in May. He fell 3 percentage points short and will be challenged by Land Commissioner George P. Bush.

Elsewhere:

  • Texas Comptroller Glen Hegar and AG Commissioner Sid Miller avoid runoffs
  • The Republican race for Land Commissioner is going to a runoff, with Dawn Buckingham as the top vote getter
  • Railroad Commissioner Wayne Christian has been pushed to a runoff with Tom Slocum.
  • Lt. Governor Dan Patrick was the top vote getter in the entire primary.

Locally, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo won her primary. The Republican primary is going to a runoff in May between Vidal Martinez and Alexandra del Moral Mealer.

There were more issues with the vote count in Harris County, which asked the state for an extension to count the vote. There were also reports of understaffed polling sites, which the county blamed on the local Republican and Democrat parties.


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