Update: Titus Benton apparent winner in Democratic primary for Texas Senate District 17

Voting for the Texas primary is underway. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Voting for the Texas primary is underway. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Voting for the Texas primary is underway. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Editor's note: Visit https://communityimpact.com/voter-guide for all primary election results in your community.

Update 9:12 a.m. March 3


With all precincts reporting, Titus Benton is the apparent winner in the Democratic primary for the Texas Senate District 17 seat.

Benton has earned 11,480 votes, or 50.64% of the vote.
His opponent, Miguel Gonzalez, earned 11,190 votes, or 49.36% of the vote.

If Benton wins the seat in November’s election, he said he hopes to focus on health care access, economic justice and voting rights, as previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper.



In a video on Twitter, Benton said “thank you for reminding me why I’m doing this. This is about people to me, and I have a lot of good people in my life.”

Update 1:52 p.m. March 2

With election day results continuing to roll in from the March 1 Democratic primary election for Texas Senate District 17, Titus Benton continues his lead with 11,447 votes, or 50.61% of the vote, with Miguel Gonzalez still closely behind at 11,172 votes, or 49.39% of the votes.

366 of 375 voting centers have reported in Harris County.

All votes are unofficial until canvassed.

Updated 8:28 a.m. March 2

As more results roll in from the March 1 Democratic primary election for the Texas Senate District 17, Titus Benton is continuing his lead with 10,819 votes, or 50.41% of the votes, while Miguel Gonzalez follows closely behind with 10,641 votes, or 49.59% of the votes.

As of 7 a.m., 200 of 750 voting centers in Harris County have reported results. Brazoria, Waller, Jackson, Colorado, Matagorda, Wharton and Fort Bend have all precincts reporting.

All votes are unofficial until canvassed.

Updated 11:08 p.m. March 1

As election day voting results trickle in for the March 1 Democratic primary election for the Texas Senate District 17, Titus Benton is still holding lead with 8,335 votes, or 50.33% of votes, while Miguel Gonzalez has 8,226 votes or 49.67% of the votes. However, that lead has narrowed since the release of early voting.

The race is being held in the following eight counties: Brazoria, Harris, Fort Bend, Wharton, Jackson, Colorado, Waller, and Matagorda.

Harris County officials previously reported delays in the release of votes. As of 11 p.m., only six of 375 voting centers in the county have reported results. Brazoria, Waller, Jackson, Colorado and Matagorda county have had all of their precincts reported.

All votes are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted 8:02 p.m. March 1

With early voting results in for the March 1 Democratic primary election for the state Senate District 17 seat, Titus Benton is taking the lead with 6,617 votes, or 52.52% of the votes while Miguel Gonzalez is trailing behind with 5,983 votes, or 47.48% of the votes.


As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, Benton and Gonzalez are the only two Democratic candidates running for the seat, alongside Republican incumbent Joan Huffman, who is running unopposed.

Senate District 17 covers a portion of Brazoria County, Fort Bend County and Harris County.

In 2018’s primary election, Rita Lucido won the Democratic senate race for District 17 with 52.84% of the votes. However, she lost the Senate seat to Huffman.

As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, in a March 1 announcement from the Secretary of State's office, Harris County reported it would not be able to count and report all votes in by the state deadline of 24 hours after the election.

All votes are unofficial until canvassed.

By Sofia Gonzalez
Sofia joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2022 after graduating with a degree in Journalism from the University of Houston in December 2021. Sofia covers a variety of stories in her market, with a main focus on Houston City Council. Prior to CI, Sofia interned for Houston Public Media and Houstonia Magazine, and spent time writing for UH's student media.