ELECTIONS: Hurtado, Harless win 2018 primary elections for Texas House District 126


Updated at 9:30 a.m. March 7

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Sam Harless has managed to avoid a runoff election by maintaining 50.58 percent of the vote in the Texas House District 126 Republican primary. Kevin Fulton and Gail Stanart followed with 35.90 percent and 13.52 percent of the votes, respectively. A total of 10,862 ballots were cast in this race.

Natali Hurtado ended the night with 77.64 percent of the votes in the Democratic primary while her opponent Undrai F. Fizer clenched 22.36 percent. A total of 4,937 ballots were cast in this race.

“I’m incredibly thrilled to have been chosen as the Democratic candidate for district 126,” Hurtado said just after midnight. “It has been an amazing experience thus far, and I look forward to continuing meeting residents and hearing about the issues that matter to them. I plan to continue advocating for proper funding of our public schools, lowering our property taxes and bringing solutions and funding for those impacted by Harvey.”

Updated at 11:08 p.m.

With 91.43 percent of precincts in the race reporting, Sam Harless has earned 50.08 percent of the votes in the Texas House District 126 Republican primary election, and could potentially head to a runoff election May 22. Kevin Fulton and Gail Stanart follow with 36.39 percent 13.53 percent of the votes, respectively.

In order to avoid a runoff, Harless would need to maintain a greater than 50 percent share of the vote after all ballots are counted. If no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two candidates will compete in a May 22 runoff election.

Harless said although the votes are close, he is optimistic and does not expect the race to result in a runoff.

“We’re looking forward to running a strong campaign—like we did in the primary—in the general election,” he said Tuesday just before 11 p.m. “We’re looking forward to helping the Republicans carry Harris County. I’m very excited and blessed with the support we received in the community.”

Fulton could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

With 85.71 percent of precincts in the race reporting, Natali Hurtado has claimed 77.55 percent of the votes in the Democratic primary while her opponent Undrai F. Fizer has 22.45 percent of the votes.

Hurtado could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Published at 7:20 p.m.

With early voting results in for the Texas House District 126 primary race, Sam Harless is leading the field of three Republicans with 50.59 percent of the votes, and Natali Hurtado is leading the Democrats with 78.39 percent of the votes.

Kevin Fulton and Gail Stanart follow Harless at 35.95 percent 13.46 percent, respectively. Undrai F. Fizer follows Hurtado at 21.62 percent.

A total of 5,970 Republicans and 2,577 Democrats cast votes during the early voting period.

Texas House District 126

Texas House District 126 district is located within Harris County and covers parts of Cy-Fair, Spring and Tomball. Incumbent Kevin Roberts announced he would be running for Texas’ Congressional District 2. Three Republicans and two Democrats are vying to replace him.


Kevin Fulton

Top priorities: Infrastructure (flood control), property tax relief, reduced business regulations and licensing fees
Occupation: Attorney/small business owner


Sam Harless

Top priorities: Property tax relief, education, flood control
Occupation: Owner and operator of an independent used automobile dealership


Gail Stanart

Top priorities: Property tax reform, flood control, education reforms
Occupation: Sales



Undrai F. Fizer

Top priorities: Health care, urban affairs and community civility, immigration reform
Occupation: Goodwill Ambassador with iChange Nations, publisher, jazz pianist


Natali Hurtado

Top priorities: Education, access to health care, public safety
Occupation: Director of Services for Hawes Hill & Associates


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

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Danica Smithwick
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She covers public education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development, nonprofits and more in the Cy-Fair community.
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