ELECTION RESULTS: Joe Danna wins Republican primary for Harris County sheriff

Republican candidates Joe Danna and Paul Day faced each other in a primary runoff for Harris County sheriff July 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Republican candidates Joe Danna and Paul Day faced each other in a primary runoff for Harris County sheriff July 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Republican candidates Joe Danna and Paul Day faced each other in a primary runoff for Harris County sheriff July 14. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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Joe Danna (Courtesy Joe Danna)
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Paul Day (Courtesy Paul Day)
Updated 9 a.m. July 15

With all voting centers in Harris County reporting, Joe Danna appears to have won the race for Republican candidate for Harris County sheriff. He will face incumbent Democrat Ed Gonzalez in November.

The final tally was 32,558 votes, or 51.46% of the vote, for Danna, and 30,708 votes, or 48.54% of the vote, for Paul Day, with all 109 voting centers reporting. All results are unofficial until canvassed.

The Twitter account @dannaforsheriff posted a tweet claiming victory on the morning of July 15.



Updated 10:34 p.m.

The Harris County Clerk's office posted updated election results at 10:34 p.m. with 93 of 109 voting centers reporting, and Joe Danna maintained a lead in the race for Republican candidate for Harris County sheriff with 30,115 votes, or 52.24% of the total votes counted. Paul Day received 27,528 votes, or 47.76% of the total votes counted. All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Updated 10:05 p.m.

A winner in the race to be the Republican candidate for Harris County sheriff in November was not clear at about 10 p.m. July 14, when only 38 of 109 voting centers had reported results.

According to results posted by the Harris County Clerk's office shortly after 10 p.m., Joe Danna had the lead with 26,665 votes, or 54.2% of the total votes counted, and Paul Day received 22,531 votes, or 45.8% of the total votes counted.

A total of 49,196 votes had been counted as of 10 p.m., but only 4,115 of those counted at that time had been cast on election day.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted 7:30 p.m.

Two candidates faced off in the July 14 primary runoff election for the Republican spot on the November ballot for Harris County sheriff.

Runoff elections are held when no candidate receives more than 50% of the vote.

With early and absentee voting results in, Joe Danna received 24,460 votes, or 54.26% of the total early votes cast. Paul Day received 20,621 votes, or 45.74% of the total.

A total of 45,081 early and absentee votes were recorded.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

As previously reported by Community Impact Newspaper, incumbent Ed Gonzalez won the Democratic candidacy for Harris County sheriff in the March 4 primary election. In the Republican primary in March, Danna earned 48.55%, or 79,020 votes, Day earned 28.96%, or 47,128 votes, and challenger Randy Rush received 22.49%, or 36,612 votes.

The winner of the primary runoff election will face Gonzalez in November.
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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