Primary election results 2018

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We’re specifically focusing on races of interest in Southern Denton County. For results and analysis statewide, visit The Texas Tribune.

10:16 p.m. With 61 percent of precincts reporting, Fisher’s lead has widened back to 53.97 percent.

9:47 p.m. With 190 precincts reporting, the gaps are narrowing further. Fisher now leads with 51.19 percent of votes in his race with Fagan. McDowell’s lead has also shrank slightly to 52.7 percent.

9:11 p.m. Numbers from election day are starting to roll in. With three precincts reporting, the race between Will Fisher and Linsey Fagan has tightened. Fisher now leads 51.75 percent to 48.24 percent, a gap of just 500 total votes.

In Congressional District 24, incumbent Kenny E. Marchant is running away with the Republican nomination with 74.27 percent of the vote with 35 precincts reporting. Jan McDowell has just over 50 percent on the Democratic side.

8:01 p.m. There was a precipitous increase in early voting numbers this year over the last gubernatorial election. At a county level, 38,651 ballots, or 8.31 percent of the county’s total voting population, were recorded early. That’s compared to just 26,603 in 2014.

7:33 p.m. In statewide races, Denton County is mostly voting in line with the rest of Texas, but the ratios are different. Heavily favored incumbent Governor Greg Abbott has taken 80 percent of Denton County’s vote to repeat as Republican nominee. Statewide, he is sitting at almost 90.

Lupe Valdez seems to be the runaway favorite in a crowded field of Democratic challengers, but much moreso in Denton County. She took 47.04 percent of early votes in the county and currently holds 35.5 percent of them statewide. In second place head-and-shoulders above the rest of the field is Andrew White, who took 25.43 percent of the county vote and holds 28.74 percent of the statewide vote.

Incumbent U.S. Senator Ted Cruz will cruise to an easy Republican nomination with 83.91 percent of the statewide vote. He received 78.49 percent of the vote from Denton County. Nationally recognized challenger Beto O’Rourke will likely win the Democratic nomination, sitting at 55.34 of the statewide vote. He took almost a full three quarters of the vote from Denton County.

7:21 p.m. In county races, it will be Democrat Diana Leggett against Republican Andy Eads for the county judgeship as Leggett came out of early voting with almost a full 50 point lead on Willie Hudspeth. Mary Horn is stepping down from the position.

In the race for justice of the peace for precinct 3 over Lewisville, James Kerbow is the favorite to take the Republican nomination with 42.11 percent of the early vote. William Lawrence got 32.84 percent and Sherman Swartz got 25.06 percent. Democrat Marianne Poer Vander Stoep was running unopposed for the nomination. Kerbow’s mother, Becky, is stepping down from the position after almost 20 years.

7:12 p.m. At the state level, the only contested primary wasn’t so contested. Laura Haines brought in more than 80 percent of early tallies over Richard Wolf in their election to be on the Democratic ticket to represent District 63. Incumbent Tan Parker was running unopposed.

The district 65 race appears to be sewn up as well between unopposed Democratic candidate Michelle Beckley and incumbent Republican Ron Simmons, who also got more than 80 percent of the early votes over Kevin Simmons.

7:06 p.m. Early voting tallies are in, and several major races seem like they were already over last week.

In the fight to represent Texas’ 26th District at the federal level, incumbent Michael Burgess holds more than a 50 point lead on challenger Veronica Birkenstock. In the Democratic race, Will Fisher holds a 10 point lead on Linsey Fagan.

The Lewisville Texan Journal will have more for primary election night as it develops.

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