SD-4: GOP State Reps. Brandon Creighton and Steve Toth Advance in Special Election

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The four candidates running in SD-4 special election. Photo via Texas Tribune

On Saturday, the only partisan election on the ballot throughout Texas was the special election to replace State Senator Tommy Williams. When filing closed in March, four candidates, all Republicans, filed to replace Sen. Williams who resigned to take a job as vice chancellor of federal and state relations at the Texas A&M University System. All four candidates were from Montgomery County: State Representative Brandon Creighton, State Representative Steve Toth, former State Senator Michael Galloway, and businessman Gordy Bunch.

The results gave Rep. Creighton a clear lead throughout the night, and while he led in all counties, he was never able to clear the necessary 50% to avoid a runoff. While Bunch had a narrow second place lead early in the night, Rep. Toth leapfrogged him as Montgomery County began to report. Toth was considered the most extreme of the four Republicans running in this election. Creighton and Toth will square off again in a runoff later this summer.

Texas Election Source tweeted that of the 9 special elections for Texas Senate held since 2001, this one ranked seventh in turnout.

Check below the jump for the election returns, including a county by county breakdown.SD-4, Entire District

CandidatePercentageVote Total
Creighton45.18%13,705
Toth23.71%7,193
Bunch21.80%6,612
Galloway9.29%2,818

SD-4, Chambers County

CandidatePercentageVote Total
Creighton55.63%661
Toth14.05%167
Bunch14.05%167
Galloway16.24%193

SD-4, Galveston County

CandidatePercentageVote Total
Creighton61.19%41
Toth13.43%9
Bunch11.94%8
Galloway13.43%9

SD-4, Harris County

CandidatePercentageVote Total
Creighton49.67%2,009
Toth17.08%691
Bunch21.48%869
Galloway11.74%475

SD-4, Jefferson County

CandidatePercentageVote Total
Creighton36.18%2,058
Toth18.63%1,060
Bunch31.43%1,788
Galloway13.74%782

SD-4, Montgomery County

CandidatePercentageVote Total
Creighton46.20%8,936
Toth27.22%5,266
Bunch19.54%3,780
Galloway7.02%1,359

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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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