Final: Republicans Jenny Garcia Sharon and 'Guillermo' William Hayward to head to runoff for Texas Congressional District 35; Incumbent Democrat Lloyd Doggett wins nomination

Voters line up March 3 in South Austin to participate in the 2020 primary election. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Voters line up March 3 in South Austin to participate in the 2020 primary election. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Voters line up March 3 in South Austin to participate in the 2020 primary election. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)

Updated: March 4, 7:20 a.m.

With 98% of Texas precincts reporting, incumbent Democrat Lloyd Doggett has won the nomination to represent his party in the Texas Congressional District 35 race in November.

In the Republican primary, no candidates received at least 50% of votes cast, meaning Jenny Garcia Sharon and "Guillermo" William Hayward will face each other in a runoff election May 26. Garcia Sharon received 37% of votes, with Hayward earning 34%, enough to be the top two vote getters in a race that saw about 18,400 ballots cast. Nick Moutos received 29% of votes in the race.

On the Democratic side, Doggett received a little over 47,000 of the more than 64,500 votes cast in the race, or 73% compared to challenger Rafael Alcoser III's 27%.

Results are not yet final, according to the Texas secretary of state website, although margins are likely to hold. Results are also not official until canvassed at a later date.

Original post: March 3, 9:22 p.m.

In a highly contested race for Texas' Congressional District 35, incumbent Democrat Lloyd Doggett squares off in a primary battle with Rafael Alcoser III, while three Republicans compete to run in November.

If the top candidate in the Republican race does not receive 50% of votes on March 3, the top two candidates will compete in a runoff election on May 26. The winner would then be the candidate in November versus the Democratic nominee.

Early voting

Doggett leads Alcoser in the Democratic primary with 76% of early votes, according to results from Bexar, Caldwell, Comal, Guadalupe, Hays and Travis counties.

According to early voting results in the Republican primary, Jenny Garcia Sharon's 36% leads "Guillermo" William Hayward's 35% and Nick Moutos's 29%.

Results are not official until canvased.
By Nicholas Cicale
Nick has been with Community Impact Newspaper since 2016, working with the Lake Travis-Westlake and Southwest Austin-Dripping Springs editions. He previously worked as a reporter in Minnesota and earned a degree from Florida State University.


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