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  • Capital Highlights by Ed Sterling

Texas election results show turnout larger than usual

More than 8.3 million of Texas’ 15.8 million registered voters cast ballots in the Nov. 6 general election, as shown in results posted by the secretary of state. The turnout of almost 53 percent was recognized widely as the highest in nearly 50 years for a Texas election without presidential candidates on the ballot. U.S. Rep. Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, D-El Paso, garnered national attention in his quest to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, RHouston, but Cruz won the race with 4,244,204 votes (50.92 percent) to 4,024,777 (48.29 percent) for O’Rourke. Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, was re-elected to a second term.

He received 4,638,532 million votes, which amounted to 55.83 percent of total votes cast. Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez of Dallas received 3,528,705 million votes or 42.47 percent of the total vote. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, a Republican who presides over the Texas Senate, was re-elected to a second term, receiving 4,244,709 million votes, 51.32 percent. Democratic challenger Mike Collier of Houston received 3,841,940 million votes, 46.45 percent.

 

 

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