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Key Races election results for Texas midterms on Nov. 8, 2022

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Key Races

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Several consequential native, state and congressional places of work are up for grabs, together with Texas Governor, Bexar County Judge and District Attorney.

Here is a breakdown of the statewide, Bexar County, state legislative and congressional races to look at within the area.

Governor

  • Democratic candidate: Beto O’Rourke

  • Republican candidate: Gov. Greg Abbott

The prime of the Texas poll might be a nationally-watched showdown between former Congressman Beto O’Rourke and present Governor Greg Abbott.

The pair squared off in a single debate in September, although O’Rourke pressed for extra.

Both candidates sailed via their primaries and have raised record-setting quantities of marketing campaign donations over the past year.

Abbott and O’Rourke have been spending that money — as you’ve seemingly seen — on TV, radio and digital marketing campaign ads.

O’Rourke has traversed the state on a seemingly endless city corridor tour of small cities and massive cities with lots of of stops, hoping to tug voters from rural and suburban areas which have traditionally voted Republican.

O’Rourke’s bid to shore up centrist and right-leaning voters could also be hamstrung by stances he took when operating within the 2020 Democratic presidential main — together with banning AR-15s.

Abbott, on the opposite hand, has run a way more low-key marketing campaign — as is more and more frequent for incumbent candidates favored of their race.

But Abbott’s monumental marketing campaign checking account means he can paint any opponent negatively throughout the state with out making a public look.

As the Republican incumbent, Abbott got here into the race a heavy favourite and remains to be main within the polls.

After all, no Democrat has received a statewide election since 1992. That’s greater than 200 consecutive elections lost for Texas Dems.

But O’Rourke’s marketing campaign sees a gap.

Abbott has confronted backlash after the coronavirus restrictions he carried out, the lethal failure of the facility grid and the misinformation he supplied within the wake of the Uvalde faculty bloodbath when he uttered the now-infamous phrase “It could have been worse.”

Even with these potential vulnerabilities, it will likely be a monumental activity to take down one of the high-profile Republicans within the nation — who has his eyes on the White House in 2024 — in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat in three many years.

Lieutenant Governor

The lieutenant governor, the second-highest govt within the state, presides over the Texas Senate.

Incumbent Republican Dan Patrick is searching for his third time period in office.

Patrick was first elected to the lieutenant governor’s office in November 2014, changing Republican David Dewhurst. Previously, Patrick served within the Texas Senate and earlier than that was a conservative shock jock radio host in Houston.

He was re-elected as lieutenant governor in November 2018.

Patrick captured the Republican nomination within the 2022 March Primary, handily defeating 5 opponents with 77% of the vote.

He is being challenged by Democrat Mike Collier and Libertarian Shanna Steele.

Collier, a CPA, has tried to unseat Patrick earlier than, having lost to him by 5 share factors in 2018.

He is a former Republican who additionally lost a bid for one other statewide office, comptroller, in 2014.

This time, although, Collier has the public backing of a number of present and previously elected Republicans, together with San Antonio state Rep. Lyle Larson, Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, Amarillo state Sen. Kel Seliger, former Dallas Mayor Steven Bartlett, former state Reps. Byron Cook and Bennett Ratliff.

Collier confronted two candidates within the 2022 March Primary however was compelled right into a runoff with state Rep. Michelle Beckley, who he defeated by share factors.

He based a Texas oil company and labored as its chief monetary officer, in addition to getting his begin as a landman at Exxon.

Steele’s career expertise contains working as a safety marketing consultant.

Attorney General

  • Democratic candidate: Rochelle Garza

  • Republican candidate: Attorney General Ken Paxton

  • Libertarian candidate: Mark Ash

The lawyer common is the highest lawyer in Texas, representing the state in principally civil litigation.

Incumbent Republican Ken Paxton is searching for a 3rd time period in office. He was first elected in November of 2014, when he changed now-Gov. Greg Abbott. Paxton was re-elected in 2018.

Paxton’s tenure has been clouded by authorized troubles. He was indicted for securities fraud expenses — which stay pending as court docket battles have delayed them for years — and the FBI launched an investigation into claims of misconduct whereas in office.

Paxton superior to the November common election by capturing the Republican nomination earlier this year. He received probably the most votes within the 2022 March Primary, however not sufficient to keep away from a runoff. Paxton simply defeated Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush by 34 share factors within the May runoff.

Paxton’s challengers within the November common election are Democrat Rochelle Garza and Libertarian Mark Ash.

Garza is a civil rights lawyer from Brownsville and the daughter of public faculty academics.

Garza captured the Democratic nomination after she defeated Joe Jaworski within the 2022 May main runoff by 25 share factors. She received probably the most votes within the 2022 March Primary amongst a subject of 5 candidates.

Ash practices prison regulation in Houston.

Bexar County Judge

  • Democratic candidate: Peter Sakai

  • Republican candidate: Trish DeBerry

For the primary time in additional than 20 years, Bexar County could have a brand new county decide.

Nelson Wolff was appointed to the office in 2001, changing Republican Cyndi Taylor Krier. Since then, Wolff remained in office, successful 5 consecutive phrases. He introduced his retirement in October 2021.

Wolff’s departure leaves some huge footwear to fill.

The two candidates hoping to succeed him each have expertise in native politics.

Democrat Peter Sakai spent 26 years as a decide, overseeing the court docket system’s funds and presiding over circumstances involving medicine, home violence and household points.

Sakai started his career within the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office after which opened his personal regulation follow.

In 1995, Sakai was appointed decide of the Bexar County Children’s Court, the place he touts that adoptions of foster kids in Bexar County elevated by 1,000%.

Sakai was elected to the 225th State District Court in 2014. He left that office final October after Wolff introduced his determination to go away office.

He captured the Democratic nomination for county decide by defeating state Rep. Ina Minjarez within the May runoff by 16 share factors. Sakai was additionally the highest vote-getter within the March main amongst a subject of 4 candidates with 41% of the overall vote.

Republican Trish DeBerry is a former tv journalist who then based a multimillion-dollar advertising company earlier than turning to politics.

DeBerry managed Ed Garza’s mayoral marketing campaign in 2001 and ran for town’s prime office in 2009, shedding to Julián Castro.

She was elected to Bexar County Pct. 3 commissioner — her first political office — in 2020, however she stepped down only one year later when he introduced her bid for the highest county position.

In her 11 months in office, DeBerry has scrutinized the operations on the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, typically clashing with Sheriff Javier Salazar on his division’s buying requests and insurance policies.

DeBerry superior to the November common election after she simply defeated Nathan Buchanan within the March main by 26% of the vote.

Bexar County District Attorney

  • Democratic candidate: Joe Gonzales

  • Republican candidate: Marc LaHood

A district lawyer has an vital position in not solely prosecuting criminals however representing and defending crime victims.

The district lawyer represents the state in prosecuting felony prison circumstances and works with regulation enforcement in investigations.

It’s the job of the DA’s office to current circumstances to a grand jury that can resolve whether or not there’s sufficient proof to indict a suspected prison.

The DA’s office additionally represents victims of violence in protecting orders and represents the state in eradicating kids from abusive households.

The present Bexar County District Attorney, Democrat Joe Gonzales, was elected in 2019 after defeating the incumbent Nico LaHood.

Gonzales, who was unopposed within the Democratic main, now faces off with Nico’s brother — Republican Marc LaHood within the Nov. 8 common election.

LaHood is an lawyer and a associate of the family-run agency LaHood Law, which focuses on prison protection, personal damage regulation, probate points and household regulation.

LaHood received the Republican nomination by cruising to victory within the March main over Meredith Chacon by 26% of the vote.

Bexar County District Clerk

  • Democratic candidate: Gloria Martinez

  • Republican candidate: Misty Spears

Bexar County could have a brand new district clerk after the incumbent, Mary Angie Garcia, was defeated within the March Democratic main.

Democrat Gloria Martinez defeated Christine Castillo within the May runoff by 4% of the vote to seize the get together nomination.

Castillo has labored on the Bexar County Courthouse for greater than three many years. She is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Martinez will face Republican Misty Spears, who ran unopposed within the Republican main in March.

Spears has labored within the authorized occupation for greater than 20 years and is the lead paralegal on the Martinez de Vara Law Firm.

Texas Senate District 24

  • Democratic candidate: Kathy Jones-Hospod

  • Republican candidate: Pete Flores

State Senate District 24 might be getting a brand new Senator.

Republican Dawn Buckingham, who has represented the district since 2017, opted to not search re-election so she might run for Commissioner of the General Land Office.

Former state Sen. and Republican Pete Flores is the GOP candidate Buckingham herself has endorsed to take the reins within the lately re-drawn district 24.

Flores, a retired sport warden from Pleasanton, served within the Senate after successful a particular election in 2018. He lost his seat to Roland Gutierrez in 2020.

Flores’ opponent on this election is Democrat Kathy Jones-Hospod from Cedar Park.

A software engineer for 40 years, Kathy Jones-Hospod defeated her opponent Jeremy Kohwles within the main by a 4-to-1 margin.

State Senate District 24 contains all of Bandera, Bell, Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Callahan, Comanche, Coryell, Gillespie, Hamilton, Kerr, Lampasas, Llano, Mills, San Saba counties and parts of Taylor and Travis counties.

Texas House District 122

  • Democratic candidate: Angi Aramburu

  • Republican candidate: Mark Dorazio

  • Libertarian candidate: Stephanie Berlin

Three candidates are vying for outgoing State Representative Lyle Larson’s District 122 seat.

Larson, lengthy on the report as somebody who believes in time period limits for lawmakers, is leaving office after six phrases in Austin.

Business Owner Mark Dorazio has served as a Republican precinct chair for three many years and served as Bexar County Republican chair from 2017-2018, based on his marketing campaign web site. He defeated former metropolis council member Elisa Chan in a GOP Primary runoff in May.

Democrat Angi Aramburu is a small business proprietor who says she and her husband moved to San Antonio (her husband’s hometown) to boost their kids. On her marketing campaign web site, she lists her work with the San Antonio Park Department and the Mayor’s council on health amongst her public service domestically. She was unopposed in her main.

Unlike her opponents, Libertarian Stephanie Berlin has been on Texas ballots earlier than. She ran for the state board of schooling, District 5 in 2020, ending a distant third. Berlin was nominated on the Libertarian conference. Berlin doesn’t have a marketing campaign web site or social media.

Congressional District 15

  • Democratic candidate: Michelle Vallejo

  • Republican candidate: Monica De La Cruz

The present consultant for District 15, Vicente González, is not going to be searching for one other time period within the lately re-drawn district, which incorporates components of Guadalupe, Hidalgo, and Wilson counties. The redrawing of the maps by the Texas Legislature final year left González’s house outdoors of the district, so he’s searching for re-election in District 34.

That leaves the extremely coveted district large open. And Republicans see this as the very best probability the get together has had shortly to flip it.

The candidate they’re hoping can do it’s Republican Monica De La Cruz. De La Cruz is a small business proprietor in Edinburg. She beforehand sought the District 15 seat in 2020, shedding to Gonzalez by lower than 3 share factors. She simply received the nomination within the March main, defeating a half dozen different candidates.

Democrat Michelle Vallejo narrowly received her main runoff towards Ruben Ramirez in May.

The Democrat “is a small business owner, community leader, and advocate for women’s economic empowerment,” based on her web site. She has been politically energetic in South Texas, co-founding teams to assist progressive group leaders and girls business homeowners. This is her first searching for office.

Like De La Cruz, Libertarian Ross Lynn Leone, Jr. has sought the District 15 seat earlier than. Several occasions. Leone was on the poll in 2016 and 2020 for District 15, and would have been in 2014, however didn’t get the get together nomination.

In 2012, he made a run for District 35. He doesn’t have a marketing campaign web site or social media.

Congressional District 28

  • Democratic candidate: Congressman Henry Cuellar

  • Republican candidate: Cassy Garcia

Democratic U.S. Representative Henry Cuellar has held his seat in District 28 for nearly 20 years.

He’s been representing the folks of South Texas in Washington, D.C., since 2005. Before that, he served within the Texas House and as Secretary of State.

In the final two elections, his largest problem thus far has come from his personal get together. Jessica Cisneros took Cuellar to Primary Runoffs in 2020 and 2022, successful the newer race by lower than 300 votes.

Add that to the notion of impropriety with an FBI raid on his house (his lawyer later stated Cuellar was not the goal of any investigation), and Republicans see this as a possibility to show the traditionally blue district crimson.

Republican Cassy Garcia is the newest GOP challenger. Garcia, a long-time political operative and former staffer for Senator Ted Cruz, has endorsed Garcia on this race.

Cuellar has not had a whole lot of hassle defeating Republican candidates after they bothered to problem him in any respect (he didn’t have a Republican opponent in 2014 or 2018).

The perception largely being that, as a reasonable, it’s tougher to color Cuellar as a left-wing radical than different Democratic candidates in different races.

But having a Republican in District 28 is the get together’s desired end result. And political {dollars} are being spent to focus on any perceived weak point in Cuellar, and push Garcia excessive.

Congressional District 35

  • Democratic candidate: Greg Casar

  • Republican candidate: Dan McQueen

Congressman Lloyd Doggett is in the identical boat as Vicente González. Doggett was drawn out of his district when the brand new congressional maps have been drawn by the Texas Legislature. So, he is not going to be the Representative for 35 come January. Instead, he’ll strive for re-election for the brand new, a lot smaller District 37.

That leaves District 35 open to brand-new illustration.

Republicans need the historically blue district, which incorporates parts of Bexar County, skinny strips of Comal and Hays counties, a portion of Caldwell County, and parts of southern and japanese Austin in Travis County. And Democrats need to maintain on to what has been a stronghold for them for a few years.

Navy Veteran and Republican Dan McQueen has held many roles in his life. According to his marketing campaign web site, from dishwasher to steer engineer on Air Force One. In the political enviornment, McQueen was the Mayor of Corpus Christie briefly (elected in 2016). He resigned after 37 days.

Since then, he’s filed to run in races to run for U.S. Representative for District 20 (he withdrew) and U.S. Senator in Missouri (he withdrew to run for the District 35 seat right here in Texas).

Former Austin metropolis council member and Democrat Greg Casar is McQueen’s competitors. He served on town council from 2015 to 2022. Among his accomplishments listed on his web site are the paid sick-days legal guidelines and elevating the minimal pay of employees from $7.25 to $15 an hour.

Both candidates confronted a number of opponents within the March main.

Casar, who had fewer opponents, received his contest outright. McQueen was the highest vote-getter amongst 10 GOP candidates. He defeated Michael Rodriguez within the runoff in May.

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