A few quick highlights of tonight’s election results:
- The special election for HD13 settled nothing. Ben Leman (43%) and Jill Wolfskill (37%) are headed to a special runoff election, assuming the loser of their May 22 primary runoff match wishes to press on with a campaign. Leman reversed the primary election result, when Wolfskill (38%) edged out Leman (36%) for first. Both candidates experienced drops in support from the primary election. Interestingly, Leman received just 68 fewer votes today than in the primary in Grimes Co., where is the county judge. Wolfskill received 597 fewer votes in her home, Austin Co., than she did in the primary.
- In Houston, Martha Castex-Tatum won a nine-way special election for unexpired council term (Dist. K) outright with 60% of the vote.
- In Euless, a city council candidate targeted by Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford) for defeat wound up prevailing by 37 votes. Salman Bhojani overcame an early-vote deficit to defeat Molly Maddux. Bhojani won the in-person vote, both early and on Election Day, following Stickland’s Facebook post, titled “EULESS RESIDENTS BEWARE,” that called Bhojani “a Muslim, lawyer, and a lifelong Democrat who supports raising your taxes.” Stickland contributed $13K to Maddux’s campaign, accounting for more than 60% of her total contributions.
- In Cedar Park, former Rep. Corbin Van Arsdale (R-Cedar Park), who is on the city council, won an open race for mayor.
- In Galveston, a pair of council incumbents were defeated, including one by 5 votes. Frank Thomas Maceo and Carolyn Sunseri were ousted by David Collins and Jackie Cole, respectively.
- In Mission, Mayor Beto Salinas finished with 49.97% of the vote, forcing him into a runoff against Doc O’Cana (42%). Salinas appears to be two votes short of winning outright.
- In Abilene, incumbent Bruce Kreitler (36%) was forced into a runoff by Jack Rentz (39%).
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