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
SD-4, Chambers County
SD-4, Galveston County
SD-4, Harris County
SD-4, Jefferson County
SD-4, Montgomery County
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