Democrats Cesar Blanco and Susan Motley Win Nominations in Runoffs For Texas House

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Cesar Blanco will be new Democratic nominee in District 76

While most of the headlines from the runoff elections centered on the Statewide nominations of Dan Patrick, David Alameel, and the defeat of Congressman Ralph Hall, ten runoff races for the Texas House also reached their conclusion. Eight Republican runoffs concluded as did two Democratic nominations.

In El Paso's District 76, former Chief of Staff to Rep. Pete Gallego won his nomination over former State Rep. Norma Chavez. Incumbent Democratic Rep. Naomi Gonzalez finished in third place in the first round causing District 76 to become an open seat for the 2014 elections with a new Representative guaranteed. Burnt Orange Report endorsed Cesar Blanco before the initial primary because we felt he would offer the residents of District 76 a clean break from the controversies that have surrounded the two previous Representatives. Blanco will face only a Libertarian opponent in this heavily Democratic district in November.

Meanwhile, in Dallas County's District 105 Susan Motley, another candidate endorsed by Burnt Orange Report, won her runoff over Terry Meza. Motley impressed us a serious candidate ready to run a professional, highly energized campaign in this evenly split district. The Republican primary saw incumbent Linda Harper-Brown lose to former one-term Rep. Rodney Anderson. This is a very competitive district and will be one of Democrats highest priorities in November. Motley won her runoff with 74.55%, proving she is running a professional campaign and is taking her challenge for November very seriously.

Eight Republican runoff races for Texas House also concluded on Tuesday, May 27. Find out if the Republicans decided to follow the model of their statewide candidates and nominate extreme social conservatives or if they chose more moderate options after the jump.State House District 10, Open (Rep. Jim Pitts)

To replace Rep. Jim Pitts, the runoff was between John Wray and TJ Fabby. Fabby made news shortly before the election by saying it was wrong of Wray to accept a donation from a Muslim donor. Fabby, who was endorsed by several local TEA Party groups as well as FreedomWorks PAC, lost to Wray. Wray is unopposed in November.

State House District 16, Open (Rep. Brandon Creighton)

The runoff to replace Rep. Crieghton was between Wil Metcalf, an investment banker, and Ted Seago, a pastor. Seago earned the endorsement of the Houston Chronicle but they described him as conspiratorial. The Chronicle described Metcalf as not “as much a wind-up robot as he is a broken pull-string Ken doll, randomly rattling off the few talking points he seems to know, with little regard for the actual topic at hand.” Metcalf, the bored rich kid with an trust fund, will face a Democrat and a Libertarian in November.

State House District 53, Open (Rep. Harvey Hildebran)

Andrew Murr easily beat Rob Henneke in the race to replace Harvey Hildebran in this conservative south-west Texas district. Neither candidate had many extreme endorsements and the race was ignored by most of the more extreme PACs. Murr, the Kimble County Attorney, will face a Libertarian in November.

State House District 58, Open (Rep. Rob Orr)

DeWayne Burns is a fairly mainstream Republican who narrowly won the nomination to replace Rep. Orr in the State House. His opponent, Philip Eby was not an extreme social conservative, but rather he came from the fringe Ron Paul wing of the Republican Party. Burns will face a Democratic opponent in November.

State House District 66, Open (Rep. Van Taylor)

Rep. Taylor was generally regarded as one of the weirder and least effective members of the legislature. In the runoff to replace him, Matt Shaheen, who almost won outright on Primary Night, defeated Glenn Callison in the runoff by almost a ten point spread. Both candidates were fairly extreme and would have continued Rep. Taylor's legacy without any problems. Matt Shaheen is unopposed in November.

State House District 102, Rep. Stefani Carter

Rep. Carter found herself pulled into a runoff with former Dallas Councilwoman Linda Koop back in March; Carter was actually almost eliminated from the runoff on primary night due to her extremely weak showing. Carter ended up losing to Koop by a wide margin in the runoff. Carter, the more conservative candidate, had run into several issues relating to corruption that hovered over her campaign. Linda Koop will face former Republican State Board of Education Member, and now Democrat, George Clayton in November.

State House District 108, Open (Rep. Dan Branch)

The runoff to replace Dan Branch was one of the dirtiest races across the entire state. Chart Westcott, the choice of many extreme conservative PACs, sent out mailers with fake mugshots of his opponent, Morgan Meyer, and also depicted Meyer standing on the Mexican border waving a white flag. Westcott's actions earned him an editorial from the Dallas Morning News condemning his actions. Fortunately, the more moderate Meyer won by almost a fifty point margin. Meyer will face Democrat Leigh Bailey in November.

State House District 129, Open (Rep. John Davis)

After a very crowded Republican primary in March, the two candidates who advanced to the runoff were the two establishment members of the State Republican Executive Committee. All of the more colorful and more conservative candidates failed to make the runoff. In the runoff, Dennis Paul narrowly defeated Sheryl Berg. Paul will face democrat John Gay in November.

State House District 132, Open (Rep. Bill Callegari)

Mike Schofield easily dispatched Ann Hodge to replace the retiring Bill Callegari. Hodge was the candidate from the Chamber of Commerce wing of the party while Schofield had the endorsement of Texas Right to Life, Texans for Lawsuit Reform, and Young Conservatives of Texas. However, despite his endorsements, Schofield is not an extreme conservative activist. He  has been a Vice Chairman of the Harris Party Republican Party Finance Committee. Schofield will face Democrat Luis Lopez in November.

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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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