Clinton, Cruz win Texas primaries

Updated at 1:14 p.m. May 18


U.S. presidential candidates Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton led the races for the Texas Republican and Democratic parties' presidential nominations, respectively, in the March 1 primary election.

In Texas both the Democratic and Republican parties hold a primary election to determine which candidate should represent each party in the general election. The 2016 general election will take place Nov. 8.

Clinton received 65.19 percent of statewide votes in the Democratic primary, while Bernie Sanders took 33.19 percent, according to results from the Texas Secretary of State’s office.

Cruz received 43.76 percent of votes in the Republican primary. Candidates Donald J. Trump, Marco Rubio, John R. Kasich and Ben Carson received 26.75, 17.74, 4.25 and 4.16 percent, respectively.

Other statewide races


Texas Railroad Commissioner
Democrat candidates Grady Yarbrough and Cody Garrett will face each other in a runoff election May 24 as will Republican candidates Gary Gates and Wayne Christian.

Yarbrough and Garrett received 39.94 and 35.21 percent of the vote, respectively. Candidate Lon Burnam received 24.85 percent.

Gates and Christian received 28.38 and 19.73 percent of the vote, respectively. They ran against candidates Ron Hale, Lance N. Christian, Weston Martinez, Doug Jeffrey and John Greytok who received 14.69, 12.11, 10.09, 9.33 and 5.66 percent of the vote, respectively.

The Texas Railroad Commission sets policies and regulations for the exploration and production of oil and natural gas and manages gas utilities. Its three commissioners are elected to six-year terms, with one commissioner seeking election every two years.

Supreme Court, Place 3
The Texas Supreme Court is the highest court for civil matters in the state and its nine justices are elected to six-year terms in statewide elections.

Republican incumbent Debra Lehrmann led the race against Michael Massengale by gaining 52.22 percent of the vote compared to Massengale's 47.78 percent.

Democrat Mike Westergren ran unopposed.

Supreme Court, Place 5
Republican incumbent Paul Green led the race against challenger Rick Green by receiving 52.06 percent of the statewide vote compared to Rick Green's 47.94 percent.

Democrat Dori Contreras Garza ran unopposed.

Supreme Court, Place 9
Republican incumbent Eva Guzman led the race against incumbent Joe Pool by gaining 59.17 percent of the statewide vote, while Pool received 40.83 percent.

Democrat Savannah Robinson ran unopposed.

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 2
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals is the highest court for criminal cases in the state and its nine judges are elected to six-year terms in statewide elections.

Republicans Mary Lou Keel and Ray Wheless will face each other in a runoff election May 24 after receiving 39.42 and 35.43 percent of the vote, respectively. Keel and Wheless ran against Chris Oldner, who received 25.15 percent.

Democrat Lawrence “Larry” Meyers ran unopposed.

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 5
Republicans Scott Walker and Brent Webster will face each other in a runoff election May 24 after earning 41.48 and 20.45 percent of the statewide vote, respectively. Walker and Webster ran against Steve Smith and Sid Harle, who received 19.60 and 18.47 percent of the vote, respectively.

Democrat Betsy Johnson ran unopposed.

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 6
Republican incumbent Michael E. Keasler led the race against challenger Richard Davis, gaining 56.87 percent of the statewide vote compared to Davis' 43.13 percent.

Democrat Robert Burns ran unopposed.

State ballot propositions and referenda


Republican propositions
1. Texas should replace the property tax system with an alternative other than an income tax and require voter approval to increase the overall tax burden. Wednesday morning tallies show 69.46 percent of voters support the measure.  
2. Texas cities and counties should be required to comply with federal immigration laws or be penalized by loss of state funds. Wednesday morning tallies show 62.74 percent of voters support the measure.  
3. Texas should prohibit governmental entities from collecting dues for labor unions through deductions from public employee paychecks. Wednesday morning tallies show 82.94 percent of voters support the measure.  
4. Texas and its citizens should strongly assert 10th Amendment Rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution which states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. Wednesday morning tallies show 94.72 percent of voters support the measure.  

Democrat referendum items
1. Should the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress pass an economic security and prosperity plan for families that includes higher incomes by raising the state minimum wage to a livable wage, passing the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure equal pay for equal work, guaranteeing paid family leave to care for a child or ill loved one, fully funding public neighborhood schools, and making a debt-free community college education a reality for hardworking students? Wednesday morning tallies show 93.99 percent of voters support the measure.  
2. Should the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress pass criminal justice reform legislation that ensures equal justice throughout our society without respect to race, socioeconomic status, geographic location, or other factors unrelated to behavior, ensuring as well common sense policies to protect the rights of law enforcement officers, the community, and defendants in the criminal justice system? Wednesday morning tallies show 93.95 percent of voters support the measure.  
3. Should the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress encourage the transition to renewable, non-polluting energy as a means to slow down climate change and its impact on the planet? Wednesday morning tallies show 91.87 percent of voters support the measure.  
4. Should the United States Congress pass the new Voting Rights Advancement Act to protect all American voters? Wednesday morning tallies show 92.30 percent of voters support the measure.  
5. Should the Texas Legislature allow each public institution of higher education (not only private universities) to opt out of the ability to carry guns on campus? Wednesday morning tallies show 77.63 percent of voters support the measure.  
6. Should the United States Congress pass a just and fair comprehensive immigration reform solution that includes an earned path to citizenship for law- abiding immigrants and their children, keeps families together, protects DREAMers, and provides workforce solutions for businesses? Wednesday morning tallies show 88.94 percent of voters support the measure.  

Vote totals from all races are unofficial until votes are canvassed. For complete voting information and race results, visit the Texas Secretary of State's website.
By Emilie Shaughnessy
Emilie covers community news in Central Austin and is the beat reporter for Austin City Council. She started with Community Impact Newspaper in 2015 after working as a journalist in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.


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