UPDATE: Brady to face Hernandez in November in U.S. District 8

Voting took place March 3 in Montgomery County. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)
Voting took place March 3 in Montgomery County. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

Voting took place March 3 in Montgomery County. (Andy Li/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Kevin Brady (Courtesy Kevin Brady)
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Kirk Osborn (Courtesy Kirk Osborn)
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Melissa Esparza-Mathis (Courtesy Melissa Esparza-Mathis)
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Elizabeth Hernandez (Courtesy Elizabeth Hernandez)
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Laura Jones (Courtesy Laura Jones)
Updated March 4 5:10 p.m.

Nasim Ahmad, campaign manager for Elizabeth Hernandez, said the contested race was unusual for the district.

“The fact that there was a Democratic Primary in TX-8 was historic,” he said. “Many times Kevin Brady has gone unopposed, [or[ when he has an opponent it’s just been one Democratic candidate.”

Ahmad said he felt the campaign was cordial and focused on the issues.

“I think that the race itself, the campaign, was very well run on both sides," he said. "I think they kept it very cordial, clean [and] stuck to the issues. I wish more candidates could do that in a primary.”

Updated March 4 9:25 a.m.

An incumbent Republican will face a Democratic challenger in the Nov. 3 general election in the race for Texas' 8th congressional district.

With 5,185 of 5,212 polling locations reporting statewide March 4, the Texas Secretary of State's office reports that incumbent Kevin Brady has won the Republican primary with 80.53% of the Republican vote, or 74,064 votes. Challenger Kirk Osborn received 15,102 votes, or 16.42% of the vote, and Melissa Esparza-Mathis received 2,803, or 3.05% of the vote.

On the Democratic side, Elizabeth Hernandez is the apparent winner with 59.47% of the vote, or 17,242 votes, while Laura Jones received 40.53%, or 11,752 votes. Hernandez could not immediately be reached for comment, but posted on Twitter on the morning of March 4 to thank her supporters.

"I look forward to now carrying the fight all the way to November and turning Texas blue," Hernandez tweeted.



Updated 10:57 p.m.

With 201 of 254 counties reporting, the Texas Secretary of State's office on March 3 reported that incumbent Kevin Brady received 81.26% of the Republican vote, or 53,590 votes. Challenger Kirk Osborn received 10,707 votes, or 16.24% of the vote, and Melissa Esparza-Mathis received 1,650, or 2.5% of the vote.

On the Democratic side, the winner was not clear on election night. Elizabeth Hernandez received 58.87% of the vote, or 9,760 votes, while Laura Jones received 41.13%, or 6,818 votes.

"Tonight, the voters of TX-8 told us what they want," Brady said in an email statement. "I'm honored that I am that candidate. I promised to pass conservative legislation, defend President Trump and stand against the socialist left, and I have done just that. I look forward to continue Keeping America Great after we take back the House and fire Nancy Pelosi."

All results are unofficial until canvassed.


Updated 9:32 p.m.

Incumbent Rep. Kevin Brady faces two challengers, Kirk Osborn and Melissa Esparza-Mathis, in the Republican primary for Texas' 8th congressional district.

With 132 of 254 counties reporting, Brady received 36,065 votes, or 81.09% of the total; Osborn received 7,510, or 16.89% of the total; and Esparza-Mathis received 898, or 2.02% of the total, according to the Texas Secretary of State's office.



Elizabeth Hernandez and Laura Jones are facing off in the Democratic primary election for the 8th congressional district.

With 132 of 254 counties reporting, Hernandez received 6,582 votes, or 57.63% of the total, and Jones received 4,839, or 42.37% of the total, according to the Texas Secretary of State's office.



All results are unofficial until canvassed.

By Vanessa Holt
A resident of the Houston area since 2011, Vanessa began working in community journalism in her home state of New Jersey in 1996. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2016 as a reporter for the Spring/Klein edition and became editor of that paper in March 2017 and editor of The Woodlands edition in January 2019.


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