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On to November: The Winners in the 2014 Texas Primaries

The results are in for the 2014 Texas Primary Elections. We now know who most of the candidates will be in the November general election, but several statewide races are headed to a runoff on May 27.

We've compiled a list of the top vote earners for the major statewide and Travis County races. The percentage of votes received (as of this writing) is shown next to each candidate's name. Races with an asterisk are heading to a runoff.


U.S. Senator


  • John Cornyn (Incumbent): 59.44%

U.S. Senator John Cornyn faced seven challengers in his GOP primary. Most attacked from the right, blasting Cornyn for not backing the attempt by his Senate colleague Ted Cruz to defund Obamacare by threatening a government shutdown. Cornyn's most high profile challenger was U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, who rode the Tea Party wave into the House, but has since alienated many of his supporters. Cornyn easily won his primary with nearly two-thirds of the vote.

  • David M. Alameel: 47.06%
  • Kesha Rogers: 21.72%

It looks like two of the candidates vying to challenge U.S. Senator John Cornyn will have to face off in a runoff first. David Alameel received just under the more than 50 percent of votes needed in order to win the primary outright. Kesha Rogers, a Lyndon LaRouche supporter who has been disavowed by the state Democratic party, came in second place – but well behind Alameel.


  • Greg Abbott: 91.5%

Greg Abbott received more than 90 percent of the vote against three challengers. Abbott spoke to supporters gathered in San Antonio.
"I want to thank the Republican Party of Texas for electing me to be your nominee to be the next governor of the greatest state in our nation," Abbott said.


  • Wendy Davis: 79.05%   

Wendy Davis is the clear winner of the Democratic primary in her race to be Texas Governor. State Sen. Davis addressed supporters in Fort Worth.
“I am ready to fight for you and to fight for every hardworking Texan across this state," Davis said. "Now is the time to fight for our future."

Lieutenant Governor


  • Dan Patrick: 41.45%
  • David Dewhurst (Incumbent):  28.31%

Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst will have to defend his seat in a Republican runoff against State Senator Dan Patrick. With most of the ballots counted, it’s clear Patrick dominated the four-way race. Dewhurst was the second biggest vote-getter. Since neither received more than 50 percent, they’ll go head to head in a runoff.

  • Leticia Van de Putte: 100%

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte ran unopposed in the primary race for Lieutenant Governor. She'll take on the winner of the Republican runoff in November.
Attorney General


  • Ken Paxton: 44.44%
  • Dan Branch: 33.49%

Two North Texans will be battling it out for the Republican race for Attorney General. State Sen. Ken Paxton topped Rep. Dan Branch. But with neither topping 50 percent, the two now head into a runoff.

  • Sam Houston: 100%

Sam Houston ran unopposed in the race to be the Democratic nominee for Texas Attorney General. He'll go head to head with the Republican candidate who wins the runoff in May.
Comptroller of Public Accounts


  • Glenn Hegar: 49.99%
  • Harvey Hilderbran: 26.01%

The Republican race for State Comptroller is currently too close to call. Right now, State Sen. Glenn Hegar has just under the more than 50 percent of votes needed to win the primary outright. If the race moves to a runoff, it'll be between Hegar and State Representative Harvey Hildebran.

  • Mike Collier: 100.00%

Mike Collier is the Democratic nominee for Texas Comptroller. The election is Nov. 4.
Commissioner of the General Land Office


  • George P. Bush: 73.00%

George P. Bush easily won his party primary. And, yes, he is the grandson and nephew of those former Presidents. His dad is former Florida governor and possible 2016 Presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

  • John Cook: 100%

John Cook will face the latest generation of the Bush dynasty in November.
Commissioner of Agriculture


  • Sid Miller: 34.58%
  • Tommy Merritt: 20.95%

The race for Texas Agriculture Commissioner will end in a runoff on both the Democratic and Republican sides. On the Republican side, Sid Miller received the most votes, but still well below the more than 50 percent required. Miller will face Tommy Merritt in the runoff.

  • Jim Hogan: 38.8%
  • Richard "Kinky" Friedman: 37.74%

Democrats Jim Hogan and Kinky Friedman each received around 38 percent of votes. They’ll face off in a May 27 runoff election.
Railroad Commissioner


  • Wayne Christian – 42.68%
  • Ryan Sitton – 30.52%

It’s still unclear who will become the Republican nominee for the Texas Railroad Commission. Former State Representative Wayne Christian will be in a runoff against Ryan Sitton for the Republican nomination because neither received more than 50 percent of votes.

  • Steve Brown – 63.92%

Steve Brown, a former legislative aide, beat out Dale Henry for the Democratic party nomination. Brown and the eventual Republican nominee will be running for the seat being vacated by Barry Smitherman.

County Judge


  • Mike McNamara – 100.00%

Mike McNamara ran unopposed on the Republican ticket in his bid to be the next Travis County Judge. He'll face Democrat Sarah Eckhardtin the November election.


  • Sarah Eckhardt 53.37%

Democrat Andy Brown conceded the primary race for Travis County Judge to Sarah Eckhardt. Eckhardt received more than the 50 percent of votes required.
State Senator District 25


  • Donna Campbell: Incumbent: 55.39%

Incumbent Donna Campbell has secured the Republican nomination for Texas Senate District 25. She beat out fellow republicans Elisa Chan and Mike Novak for the nomination.

  • Daniel Boone: 100.00%

Daniel Boone ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination for the state senate seat. He'll face Republican nominee Donna Campbell in the November general election.
County Commissioner Precinct 2


  • Raymond Frank: 100.00%

Raymond Frank was the only Republican to file in an effort to fill the Travis County Commission seat vacated by Sarah Eckhardt.

  • Brigid Shea 64.94%

Democrat Brigid Shea easily won the Democratic primary. She racked up more than 60 percent of the votes in a three-way race.
County Commissioner Precinct 4


  • Margaret J. Gomez: 72.59%

Democrat Margaret Gomez will keep her seat at the Precinct 4 Commissioner for Travis County. She beat her primary challenger and there’s not a Republican running for the position.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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