Election Recap: Long Primary Season Finally Over
While most of the post-runoff election attention has been focused on Ted Cruz’ dramatic upset win over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the GOP nomination for senator, several other important races were decided in yesterday’s vote.
In complete but unofficial returns, Cruz topped Dewhurst by a vote of 631,114 (57%) to 480,010 (43%) to take the Republican nod.
Former state legislator Paul Sadler received 148,712 (63%) votes to win the Democratic nomination for senator over educator Grady Yarbrough, who polled 86,996 (37%).
Cruz and Sadler will face off in the November general election to replace retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
In an unusually hard-fought GOP contest for Texas Railroad Commissioner, Christi Craddick outpolled Warren Chisum by a total of 589,211 (60%) to 396,858 (40%).
In the Republican runoff for another Railroad Commission seat, incumbent Barry Smitherman received 580,990 (62%) votes to Greg Parker’s 353,166 (38%).
In the Harris County GOP runoff for sheriff, Louis Guthrie topped Carl Pittman by a total of 68,831 (57%) to 51,379 (43%).
Guthrie will face off against incumbent Sheriff Adrian Garcia in November.