UPDATE: Bell County carries Rep. John Carter to victory

2018 saw record voter turn out for a midterm election.

2018 saw record voter turn out for a midterm election.

Update 12:02 a.m.

Republican John Carter, U.S. Representative for the 31st Congressional District, defeated challenger Mary Jennings "MJ" Hegar, thanks to voters in Bell County.

In a tweet at 11:57 p.m., Carter said, "I’m honored to serve Texas’ 31st Congressional District for another two years. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support."

Unofficial numbers show Carter has 131,958 votes (50.07 percent) to Hegar's 123,509 votes (47.57 percent).

Carter had 44,912 votes to Hegar's 33,047 in Bell County. In Williamson County Hegar had 90,462 votes to Carter's 87,046.

Update 10:20 p.m.

Gov. Greg Abbott has been elected to a second term with 3,610,407 votes (56.9 percent) over Lupe Valdez with 2,635,669 votes (41.54 percent), with 41.47 percent precincts reporting.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz has 3,327,235 votes (52.4 percent) compared to Beto O'Rourke's 2,978,906 votes (46.92 percent), with 41.47 percent precincts reporting.

John Carter, the U.S. Representative for the 31st Congressional District has 109,972 votes (50.24 percent) leads Mary Jennings "MJ" Hegar's 105,625 votes (48.26 percent), with 6.42 percent of precincts reporting.

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick has 3,369,239 votes (52.42 percent) to Mike Collier's 2,918,891 votes (45.41 percent), with 41.47 percent precincts reporting.

Update 8:33 p.m.

Texas Tribune has declared Republican incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott the winner over Democrat Lupe Valdez, 54.88 to 43.43 percent.

The Secretary of State is reporting that Republican incumbent Ted Cruz leads with 50.42 percent of the vote, over Democrat Beto O'Rourke with 48.95 for U.S. senator. For U.S. representative 31st Congressional District Republican incumbent John Carter has 50.09 percent followed by Mary Jennings "MJ" Hegar at 48.43 percent. Incumbent Dan Patrick has 50.38 percent of the vote, and Democrat Mike Collier has 47.58 for lieutenant governor.

Original post 7:16 p.m.

Early voting results in Central Texas show mixed results for incumbents.

In Williamson County incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott is the only top Republican position leading with 53.27 percent of the vote over Lupe Valdez with 44.49 percent. For U.S. senator, Democrat Beto O'Rourke is at 51.33 percent while Republican incumbent Ted Cruz is at 47.72 percent. For U.S. representative 31st Congressional District Mary Jennings "MJ" Hegar has 50.62 percent of the vote, while Republican incumbent John Carter has 47.8 percent. Democrat Mike Collier has 48.74 percent of the vote for lieutenant governor, while incumbent Dan Patrick has 48.5 percent.

In Travis County, Valdez leads with 69.11 percent over Abbott with 28.53 percent. O'Rourke leads with 75.85 percent over Cruz with 23.39 percent. Collier leads Patrick 72.93 percent to 24.38 percent.

In Hays County, Valdez leads with 50.19 percent to Abbott's 47.43 percent. O'Rourke leads 57.12 percent to 42.03 percent for Cruz. Collier leads Patrick with 54.15 percent to 42.94 percent.
By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.


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