ELECTION RESULTS: Siegel declares victory, will face Republican incumbent Michael McCaul in November

Candidate Mike Siegel declared victory over opponent Pritesh Gandhi during a Zoom call with media July 14. (Screenshot via Zoom)
Candidate Mike Siegel declared victory over opponent Pritesh Gandhi during a Zoom call with media July 14. (Screenshot via Zoom)

Candidate Mike Siegel declared victory over opponent Pritesh Gandhi during a Zoom call with media July 14. (Screenshot via Zoom)

Updated 9:13 a.m. July 15

With all polling locations reporting, election results from the Texas Secretary of State show Mike Siegel taking 54.24% of the vote, or 26,291 votes, and opponent Pritesh Gandhi taking 45.76% of the vote in the July 14 Democrat runoff election for the U.S. representative District 10 seat.

Separated by only about 4,000 votes, Siegel will face Republican incumbent Michael McCaul on the Nov. 3 ballot.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted July 14


With votes from 70% of polling locations across the state reporting, Mike Siegel has declared victory in the Democratic runoff election for the U.S. representative District 10 seat.

Siegel has received 54.69% of the vote, totaling 24,212 votes with 70% of polling locations reporting at 10:20 p.m. July 14, according to unofficial election results from the Secretary of State. Siegel will face Republican incumbent Rep. Michael McCaul in the November election.

Runoff opponent Pritesh Gandhi took 45.31% of the vote, or 20,062 votes.

Siegel declared victory in the race July 14 during a press call.

"We are pleased to announce that we are prevailing in the Democratic runoff here in the Texas 10 congressional district," Siegel said during a call with media July 14. "Today's victory is owed to the unstoppable coalition that we've built here in the Texas 10 that's comprised of a broad array of groups ... to turn what was considered to be a safe Republican seat for Michael McCaul with a 19% advantage in 2016 to a 4% margin in 2018 into now a battleground race in 2020. This is a huge moment for Democrats in Texas where we can flip a Republican seat that is held by one of the wealthiest members of Congress, one of the most powerful Republicans in Washington, D.C."

Siegel and Gandhi faced off in the March 3 primary election, finishing with 44% and 33.1% of votes, respectively. In a race where no candidate receives 50% of the vote, the top two candidates head to a runoff to determine who will be on the general ballot in November.

During a call with his supporters late July 14, Gandhi said he would concede the election to Siegel.

"This work—the work of ensuring that all of us have an opportunity to live lives of dignity and respect—this work continues, and as I have for my entire life. I will continue to be in this fight, and I know you all will continue to be in it too," Gandhi said to his supporters during a virtual rally July 14. "Tonight is not the end of this journey; it is not the end of our fight to make our nation better."

U.S. District 10 spans portions of nine counties, according to the Texas Tribune: Harris, Travis, Austin, Bastrop, Colorado, Fayette, Lee, Waller and Washington counties.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Read more about the candidates here.
By Anna Lotz

Editor, Tomball | Magnolia

Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.



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