Election Results Roundup: Final Numbers From Texas and Austin Races
Election Day totals are in.
Republicans swept the statewide elections, with Greg Abbott winning the gubernatorial race and Dan Patrick besting San Antonio Democrat Leticia Van de Putte for Lieutenant Governor in the top two races.
Citywide races weren't so clear-cut. There will be nine run-offs in races for Austin City Council and for Mayor of Austin. Council Member Mike Martinez trails Austin attorney Steve Adler 29.63 percent to his nearly 37 percent. Delia Garza and Ann Kitchen were the only two Austin City Council candidates to win their districts with more than 50 percent of the vote in Districts 2 and 5, respectively. The rest of the races will be decided in run-off elections in December.
Additionally, three Austin School Board elections went to run-offs; Sarah Eckhardt became the first female Travis County Judge; and Texas passed a statewide road improvement bond.
While Austinites couldn't forge consensus on council candidates, they did vote down by a wide margin a billion-dollar proposition to build a light rail system and accompanying road improvements, with 57 percent of Austinites voting against and nearly 43 percent voting for it.
You can listen to our all of coverage from last night below and see a detailed breakdown of all the poll numbers.
- Governor: Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott will be the next Texas Governor. Abbott beat Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis 58.92 percent to 39.58 percent.
- Lt. Governor: Republican State Senator Dan Patrick beat Democratic State Senator Leticia Van de Putte in the Lieutenant Governor’s race 58.16 percent to 38.68 percent.
- U.S. Senate: Republican U.S. Senator John Cornyn defeated Democratic challenger David Alameel 61.58 percent to 34.34 percent.
- Attorney General: Republican Ken Paxton beat Democrat Sam Houston in the race for Attorney General 58.84 percent to 37.98 percent.
- Comptroller: Republican Glenn Hegar beat Democrat Mike Collier in Comptroller of Public Accounts race 58.39 percent to 37.66 percent.
- Land Commissioner: Republican George P. Bush beat Democrat John Cook in the race for Commissioner of the General Land Office 60.68 percent to 35.30 percent.
- Agriculture Commissioner: Republican Sid Miller defeated Democrat Jim Hogan in the Commissioner of Agriculture race 58.63 percent to 36.80 percent.
- Railroad Commissioner: Republican Ryan Sitton beat Democrat Steve Brown in the Railroad Commissioner race 58.31 percent to 36.49 percent.
- Proposition 1: Texas voters overwhelming approved Proposition 1 – which diverts money from the state’s Rainy Day fund for road projects.
City of Austin Races:
- Austin Mayor: The election for Mayor is going to a run-off between Steve Adler and Mike Martinez. They received the most votes – but neither had more than 50 percent of the total. Adler had 36.76 percent, Martinez had 29.63 percent.
- City Council: Only two city council member elections have been decided. Delia Garza won District 2 and Ann Kitchen won District 5. All of the other districts will choose between the top two vote-getters in the December 16th run-off. Click here for the results of all 10 districts.
- Roads and Rail Plan: Austinites shot down the roads and rail plan with 57 percent of voters casting their ballots against the plan.
- AISD Trustee Elections: Three of the five races will go to a run-off in the Austin Independent School District Trustee election. Julie Cowan won District 4 and Incumbent Rob Schneider won District 7.
- ACC Bond Proposals: The bond proposals for construction and renovation on Austin Community College campuses passed. But ACC’s Tax Cap increase Election failed by a narrow vote.
- ACC Board of Trustee Elections: Former AISD Board President Mark Williams beat incumbent Tim Mahoney in Place One. Place Two is headed to a run-off between Gigi Edwards Bryant and Jade Chang Sheppard. Incumbent Nan McRaven ran unopposed in Place Three.
Other Races of Note:
- Up in Denton, voters passed the first statewide ban on fracking within city limits.