Bartley, Gonzales headed to runoff for U.S. representative District 18 Republican primary

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Updated March 2 at 10:45 a.m.

With all precincts reporting, Reggie Gonzales and Lori Bartley are poised to face each other in a runoff election in May in the Republican primary for U.S. representative District 18, according to unofficial results. Bartley led all candidates with 5,679 votes, or 33.68 percent, with Gonzales trailing by only 101 votes, garnering 33.08 percent of the voting totals.

Opponents Sharon Joy Fisher and Ava Pate received 4,405 votes and 1,202 votes, respectively.

The winner of the runoff will face incumbent Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, in the Nov. 8 general election for the opportunity to represent District 18, which includes more than 750,000 residents within the Greater Houston area, including Spring and Klein. The elected candidate will serve a two-year term in the House of Representatives.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Updated 11 p.m. 

Lori Bartley and Reggie Gonzales are set to face each other in a May runoff in the Republican primary for U.S. representative District 18, according to unofficial voting results. The two candidates are separated by only four votes with 81 percent of precincts reporting.

Gonzales and Bartley each have received 33 percent of the vote with 5,165 and 5,161 votes, respectively. The other two candidates, Sharon Joy Fisher and Ava Pate have received 4,078 and 1,075 votes respectively.

The runoff will force the candidates to prepare for the runoff as well as the general election, Bartley said.

“We’ll really have to focus on the one-on-one matchup as well as the general election,” she said. “You have to split time with your party and the party you’re running against. It’s really just splitting your time.”

The winner of the runoff will face incumbent Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, in the Nov. 8 general election for the opportunity to represent District 18, which includes more than 750,000 residents within the Greater Houston area, including Spring and Klein. The elected candidate will serve a two-year term in the House of Representatives.

Jackson Lee ran unopposed in the Democratic primary March 1. She is seeking re-election for her 11th congressional term. Since being elected in in 1994, she has served on committees and subcommittees—like the House Judiciary Committee—and helped implement the 9/11 Commission Report.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

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