Runoffs, 18 Legislative Elections Extended to May 27, 2014

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Ralph Hall will face his first runoff since he was elected to congress in 1981

Tuesday was the main event, but several races are going into overtime for Election 2014. In addition to the several statewide races covered earlier, among the legislative races still deciding nominees are three congressional seats, two Senate seats, eleven House seats, and two seats on the State Board of Education. Among these legislative race, four incumbents have not secured their party's re-nomination and will need to face the voters again on May 27, 2014.

The most notable race going into overtime is in East Texas' congressional district 4 where 90 year old incumbent Ralph Hall failed to clear 50% of the vote Tuesday night. Hall, a Democrat until 2004, will face former US Attorney John Ratcliff in the Republican runoff. Hall is the oldest member of the US Congress, which is the premise of his primary challenge. Hall has been Rockwall's County Judge, a Texas State Senator, and has served in congress since 1981. Hall has pledged this will be his last term, but he has promised that before.  Ratcliffe spent the primary introducing himself to voters, suggesting it is time for a fresh voice in Congress rather than pressing Hall on ideology. Hall finished with 45.42% of the vote while Ratcliff received 28.77%.  Four other Republicans split the remainder of the vote.

Update: In the original posting I accidentally skipped over the Republican result in Congressional District 23. Former Congressman Quico Canseco failed to clear 50.0% to earn a rematch with Democratic incumbent Pete Gallego. In fact, the former Congressman finished in second behind Will Hurd, a former CIA officer and 2010 candidate. Hurd earned 40.96% while the former one-term congressman pulled 40.33%, a 159 vote difference separating the two candidates. A third candidate earned 18.69%, forcing the runoff. The two Republicans will now spend hundreds of thousands of dollars attacking each other from now until late May, rather than attacking Congressman Gallego who will continue to raise and retain cash for his re-election.

There are 16 other legislative races that were not decided on Primary Night, 2014. Click after the jump to see what is still up for grabs.Congressional District 36 (S. Stockman, R), Brian Babin (R) vs. Ben Streusand (R)

In Southeast Texas, the Republican field to replace Steve Stockman has been narrowed from twelve to two Republicans. The two left standing at Brian Babin, a former Mayor of Woodville and candidate for congress against Democrat Jim Turner in 1996 and 1998, and Ben Streusand, a mortgage banker and 2004 candidate for congress in Central Texas' Congressional District 10. Streusand appears to have more movement conservative endorsements, mainly from the Houston area, while Babin's endorsements appear to come more from newspapers and traditional community leaders. Babin finished in first with 33.36% while Streusand got 23.33% of the vote. None of the ten other candidates cracked double digits.

Senate District 2, Sen. Bob Deuell (R) vs. Bob Hall (R)

This was not a race I expected to be writing about. Veteran and consultant Bob Hall has taken incumbent Senator Bob Deuell into a May runoff, holding Deuell to 48.49% while pulling 38.81% himself. Hall was not running a well-financed or professional campaign but did earn several TEA Party endorsements, some of whom financed mailers on his behalf, which was enough to force this race into over time. It will be shocking if Deuell does not win the runoff.

Senate District 10 (W. Davis, D), Konni Burton (R) vs. Mark Shelton (R)

With Sen. Wendy Davis running for Governor, her open seat attracted a lot of attention from Republicans hoping to flip her conservative-leaning seat in the legislature. Leading with 43.22% of the vote was first-time candidate and conservative activist Konni Burton. Joining her in the runoff is 2012's Republican nominee, former State Rep. Mark Shelton who got 35.16%. Shelton is plenty conservative himself, but Burton's history with grassroots activists made her the TEA Party favorite to secure the Republican nomination. The winner will face Democrat Libby Willis in November.

House District 10 (J. Pitts, R), T.J Fabby (R) vs. John Wray (R)

To replace Rep. Jim Pitts, T.J. Fabby and John Wray will advance to the May runoff. Fabby is the founder an Ellis County TEA Party group and is a manager at a storage container company. Wray, meanwhile, is a lawyer and councilman from Waxahachie. While close, Fabby lead with 38.13% to Wray's 35.77%. Two other candidates split the remaining votes.

House District 16 (B. Creighton, R), Ted Seago (R) vs. Will Metcalf (R)

With Rep. Brandon Creighton running in the special election to replace Sen. Tommy Williams, several Republicans decided to run to replace him in the Texas House. Advancing are Pastor Ted Seago and trust-fund child Will Metcalf. This is the first race in this list where neither candidate was the favorite of the TEA Party. Seago led with 43.62% to Metcalf's 41.82%. Four other candidates split the remainder of the vote.

House District 53 (H. Hilderbran, R), Andrew Murr (R) vs. Rob Henneke (R)

Rep. Hilderbran is still, barely, in the race for Comptroller, and Kimble County Judge led in the race to replace him as the Republican nominee with 41.07%. Joining Murr in the runoff is Kerr County Attorney Rob Henneke who received 29.02%. TEA Party favorite Karen Harris will not advance, hanging received a respectable 24.10% of the vote. Two other Republican will not advance to the runoff either.

House District 58 (R. Orr, R), Philip Eby (R) vs. DeWayne Burns (R)

Rep. Rob Orr had four Republicans file to replace him him the legislature. Advancing are TEA Party favorite Philip Eby and Cleburne ISD Trustee DeWayne Burns. Eby led with 40.11% while Burns got 30.34%. Two other candidates split the remainder of the vote.

House District 66 (V. Taylor, R), Matt Shaheen (R) vs. Glenn Callison (R)

Collin County Commissioner Matt Shaheen led businessman Glenn Callison. Shaheen barely missed winning on the first round Tuesday, earning 48.81% of the vote, while Callison earned 40.02%. A third candidate, Stacy Chen, pulled a small 11.16%.

House District 76 (N. Gonzalez, D), Cesar Blanco (D) vs. Norma Chavez (D)

Incumbent Rep. Naomi Gonzalez finished in third place in her bid for a third term. Narrowly finishing ahead of her are former Rep. Norma Chavez who got 29.08% to Gonzalez's 27.22%. In first place was first-time candidate and former chief of staff to Rep. Pete Gallgo, Cesar Blanco. Blanco earned 43.69% of the vote.

House District 102, Rep. Stefani Carter (R) vs. Linda Koop (R)

Every politician should learn a lesson from Rep Stefani Carter: If you declare you are running for a new office, never go back on your word and try to return to your previous office after several other candidates declare to replace you. Rep. Carter barely finished in second place with 33.16%, behind former Dallas councilwoman Linda Koop who got 34.71% of the vote. Sam Brown nearly bet Rep. Carter for the second runoff spot, earning 27.46%. A fourth candidate earned less than five percent.

House District 105 (L. Harper-Brown, R), Susan Motley (D) vs. Terry Meza (D)

While incumbent Rep. Linda Harper-Brown lost her Republican primary to Rodney Anderson, Democrats will have a runoff to decide who their candidate will be. Susan Motley, a Burnt Orange Report endorsed candidate, led with 47.29% while Terry Meza will join her in the May runoff after getting 28.43% of the vote. A third candidate got 24.27% of the vote.

House District 108 (D. Branch, R), Morgan Meyer (R) vs. Chart Westcott (R)

Money made the difference to replace Rep. Dan Branch in this rich, uptown Dallas district. The candidate with least amount, Court Alley will not join his fellow competitors in the May runoff. However, Chart Westcott, who was the best financed, finished in second place with 30.17% of the vote while Morgan Meyer led the field with 47.14%. Hundreds of thousands of dollars will continue to pour into north Dallas for one seat in the Texas legislature.

House District 129 (J. Davis, R), Sheryl Berg (R) vs. Dennis Paul (R)

Somehow, despite all the odds, the two members of the State Republican Executive Committee beat all the TEA Party activists to advance to the May runoff to replace Rep. John Davis. Berg barely led with 25.57% to Paul's 25.13%. Somewhere, the hyper-active Clear Lake TEA Party is not happy after their preferred candidates barely earned double digits.

House District 132 (W. Callegari, R), Mike Schofield (R) vs. Ann Hodge (R)

Mike Schofield, a former staffer in the office of Governor Perry, led with 44.61%. For second place, it was nearly a three way tie. However, Katy Chamber President Ann Hodge narrowly prevailed with 19.47% of the vote, less than 85 votes ahead of third place finisher Michael Franks and less than 120 votes ahead of fourth place finisher Justin Perryman.

State Board of Education 11, Member Patricia Hardy (R) vs. Eric Mahroum (R)

Incumbent Pat Hardy is going to have to fight for a few more months if she wants to keep her seat on the State Board of Education. TEA Party candidate Eric Mahroum pulled 43.51% of the vote to the incumbent's 49.57%. A third candidate pulled 6.90% of the vote.

State Board of Education 13 (M. Knight, D), Erika Bletran (D) vs. Andrea Hilburn (D)

Erika Beltran, a Burnt Orange Report endorsed candidate, led the field to replace retiring member Mavis Knight with 47.04% of the vote. Joining her in the runoff is Andrea Hilburn, a Dallas ISD administrator, who earned 27.38% of the vote, barely more than the third place finisher.

All of these candidates will have from now until May 27, 2014 to once more make their case to Texas voters that they are the best candidates to represent Texans in D.C. and Austin. Texans across all of the state will have the opportunity to go vote due to necessary statewide runoffs in both parties.


About Author

Joseph Vogas

Joseph was raised in Friendswood, Texas in North Galveston County. He went on to graduate from the University of North Texas with a degree in Political Science. After working for multiple campaigns, Joseph was able to work in the 83rd legislature in Austin in 2013. While retired from professional campaign work, Joseph enjoys sharing his knowledge of campaign data how to win elections in naturally unfriendly turf with others. Joseph is an avid archer and enjoys all things geek including Star Wars and DC Comics.

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