UPDATED: Both the Democratic and Republican primaries for Texas House District 26 head to runoff

Republicans Leonard N. Chan, Jacey Jetton and Matt Morgan (top row from left to right) and Democrats Lawrence Allen Jr., L "Sarah" DeMerchant, Suleman Lalani and Rish Oberoi (bottom row from left to right) are competing in the March 3 primary election for Texas House District 26.
Republicans Leonard N. Chan, Jacey Jetton and Matt Morgan (top row from left to right) and Democrats Lawrence Allen Jr., L "Sarah" DeMerchant, Suleman Lalani and Rish Oberoi (bottom row from left to right) are competing in the March 3 primary election for Texas House District 26.

Republicans Leonard N. Chan, Jacey Jetton and Matt Morgan (top row from left to right) and Democrats Lawrence Allen Jr., L "Sarah" DeMerchant, Suleman Lalani and Rish Oberoi (bottom row from left to right) are competing in the March 3 primary election for Texas House District 26.

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Updated March 4, 8:14 a.m.

With 100% of precincts reporting, both the Republican and Democratic primary contests for Texas House District 26 are headed to a runoff election in May, according to unofficial election results.

Matt Morgan and Jacey Jetton will be on the Republican runoff ballot in May. Morgan finished with 49.7%, or 7,983 votes, just short of the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff. Jetton garnered 40.67%, or 6,532 votes.

Leonard N. Chan, the other Republican in the race, received 9.63% or 1,547 votes.



Democrats Suleman Lalani and L. "Sarah" DeMerchant will be on their party's runoff ballot in May. Lalani garnered 31.68%, or 4,419 votes; while DeMerchant received 29.58%, or 4,126 votes.

Coming in third and fourth in Democratic primary, Lawrence Allen Jr. finished with 18.4%, or 2,567 votes; and Rish Oberoi finished with 20.33%, or 2,836 votes.

The winners of the May 26 runoff election will compete in the Nov. 3 general election.

While the district has historically elected a Republican representative, Republicans' margin of victory has shrunk in recent election cycles. In the 2018 general election, incumbent state Rep. Rick Miller, R-Sugar Land, received 52.5% of the vote, while DeMerchant, his Democratic challenger, received 47.5% of the vote. For comparison, in the 2014 general election, Miller won with 69.68% of the vote, and his Democratic challenger, Amber C. Paaso, received 30.32% of the vote.

Miller announced in December that he would not seek re-election to the seat after facing backlash for comments he made about his Republican challengers.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Updated March 3, 10:28 p.m.

As election day results begin to come in, the Democratic primary for Texas House District 26 is projected to head to a runoff election, according to unofficial results.

That runoff election, which will be held on May 26, is expected to be between Democrats Suleman Lalani and L. "Sarah" DeMerchant. With 90.48% of precincts reporting, Lalani has received 31.11%, or 2,893 votes, and DeMerchant has received 30.14%, or 2,802 votes.

Two other Democrats were also competing in the Democratic primary. Rish Oberoi has received 21.31%, or 1,981 votes; and Lawrence Allen Jr. has received 17.44%, or 1,622 votes.

On the Republican side, Matt Morgan has garnered 49.89%, or 6,474 votes, with 88.1% of precincts reporting. Republican candidate Jacey Jetton has received 41.51%, or 5,386 votes; and Republican Leonard N. Chan has received 8.6%, or 1,116 votes.

If Morgan receives more than 50% of the vote, he would avoid going to a runoff election.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted March 3, 8:15 p.m.

Early voting results show Matt Morgan with an early lead in the Republican primary and Suleman Lalani with an early lead in the Democratic primary for Texas House District 26, which covers portions of Sugar Land and Richmond.

Morgan received 48.81%, or 5,378, of early votes while his Republican challengers Jacey Jetton received 42.59%, or 4,693 voters, and Leonard N. Chan received 8.6%, or 948 votes.

Lalani received 31.77%, or 2,337, of early votes while Democratic challengers L. "Sarah" DeMerchant received 29.48%, or 2,168 votes; Rish Oberoi received 22.77%, or 1,675 votes; and Lawrence Allen Jr. received 15.98%, or 1,175 votes.

If no candidate for either party receives more than 50% of the vote, the top two candidates will go to a runoff May 26. The general election is Nov. 3.

The seat was previously held by state Rep. Rick Miller, R-Sugar Land, who was first elected to the seat in 2012. In December, he announced he would not seek re-election after facing backlash for comments he made about his Republican challengers.

State representatives are elected for two-year terms and will serve in the next session of the Texas Legislature in spring 2021.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Northwest Austin

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.