UPDATE: Schwertner, Walsh win in Texas State Senate District 5 primary election

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Update March 7 at 9:15 a.m.

With nearly all precincts reporting, Meg Walsh and Charles Schwertner have won the Texas State Senate District 5 primary election.

The two will represent the Democratic and Republican parties in the November election.

Walsh finished the race with 22,436 votes, or 71.1 percent of the vote, and Schwertner brought in 49,962 votes, or 75.1 percent of the vote.

All results are unofficial until canvassed. For more local primary election results and coverage, visit communityimpact.com/vote.

Update March 6 at 10:15 p.m.

With nearly 75 percent of precincts reporting, Meg Walsh and Charles Schwertner continue to lead the pack in the Texas State Senate District 5 primary election.

In the Democratic primary, Walsh leads with 70.3 percent of the vote, or 16,283 votes. Her challenger Brian Cronin is second with 17.7 percent of the vote, or 4,093 votes, and Glenn “Grumpy” Williams has 11.9 percent of the vote, or 2,775 votes.

In the Republic primary, Schwertner leads with 74.9 percent of the vote, or 42,213 votes. His challenger Harold Ramm follows with 25.1 percent of the vote, or 14,176 votes.

Original article posted March 6 at 7 p.m.

With 3 out of 207 precincts reporting so far, Meg Walsh leads against challengers Brian Cronin and Glenn “Grumpy” Williams in the Democratic primary with 59.6 percent of the vote. In the Republican primary, Schwertner leads challenger Harold Ramm with 73.7 percent of the vote.

All precincts closed at 7 p.m. tonight and more polling stations have yet to return official results.

Texas State Senate District 5

Texas State Senate District 5 covers all of Williamson County, along with Brazos, Grimes, Leon, Robertson, Milam, Limestone and Walker counties. Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, is the incumbent senator.

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Democratic Party

Brian E. Cronin

In a Q&A with  Community Impact Newspaper, Cronin listed public education, health care, reducing property taxes, improving transportation, family programs for all residents and bringing integrity to government as his top priorities.

Meg Walsh

Walsh previously listed her top priorities as school funding reform, access to health care for women and children, environmental priorities and reducing gun violence.

Glenn “Grumpy” Williams

Williams said his top priorities would be improving protection of vulnerable citizens by engaging all Texans, leveling the playing field when in excessive force allegations against police officers, and addressing the lack of exercise epidemic by implementation of a physical fitness voucher in the Q&A.

Republican Party

Harold Ramm

In a Q&A with Community Impact Newspaper, Ramm said his top priority was education funding.

Charles Schwertner

Schwertner listed securing the border, getting tough on bad nursing homes that abuse or neglect seniors, lowering property taxes and protecting private property rights, protecting Texas children from abuse and improving the state foster care system, defending the rights of responsible gun owners and increasing mental health resources for all Texans, especially veterans, as his top priorities.

All results are unofficial until canvassed. For more local primary election results and coverage, visit communityimpact.com/vote.

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Caitlin covers Cedar Park and Leander city councils and reports on education, transportation, government and business news. She is an alumnus of The University of Texas at Austin. Most recently, Caitlin produced a large-scale investigative project with The Dallas Morning News and led education coverage in the Brazos Valley at The Bryan-College Station Eagle. After interning with Community Impact Newspaper for two summers, she joined the staff as a reporter in 2015.
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