Anna Eastman continues to be the favorite in District 148. But even after finishing first in an election for the third time in five months, her seat at the next session of the Texas Legislature still is not secure.
Eastman, who in a January runoff was elected to the Texas House of Representatives, must defend her seat in another runoff scheduled for May. The Heights resident could not secure an outright victory in the Democratic primary that ended Tuesday, appearing on 41.6 percent of the 14,799 ballots cast by Northwest Houston voters, according to unofficial results released Wednesday morning by the office of Harris County Clerk Diane Trautman.
Facing Eastman in the runoff will be attorney Penny Morales Shaw, who placed second Tuesday by receiving 22.1 percent of the vote. Shaw finished sixth among 15 candidates in the November special election for the District 148 seat, which was vacated by the retiring Jessica Farrar in September, but picked up steam in the form of an endorsement from Farrar leading up to the primary.
Eastman, a former Houston ISD trustee, was the leading vote-getter in November and beat Republican Lui La Rotta in January’s runoff. La Rotta was unopposed in Tuesday’s Republican primary and awaits a November race against either Eastman or Shaw, with the winner earning the right to participate in the state’s next legislative session in 2021.
Most of the other incumbents who represent Northwest Houston avoided runoffs, with District 139 state Rep. Jarvis Johnson receiving 64.2 percent of the vote in his Democratic primary against Angeanette Thibodeaux. Johnson will be unopposed in November’s general election.
U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, elected to the District 18 seat in 1994, faced twice as many primary challengers this year as she had during her first 13 races for Congress. But she was not threatened by any of the six other candidates in the Democratic primary, receiving more than 77 percent of the 64,145 votes cast.
Jackson Lee will face either Wendell Champion or Robert M. Cadena, who are headed to a runoff in the Republican primary, in November’s general election. Champion received 35.1 percent of the vote, and Cadena was second with 20.5 percent.
U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, who serves District 2, was unopposed in his Republican primary. Sima Ladjevardian and Elisa Cardnell are headed to a runoff for the Democratic nomination.
Sen. John Cornyn won his Republican primary and will face a Democrat to be determined in November. Mary “MJ” Hegar was the leading vote-getter in the Democratic primary and will face Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez or Royce West in a runoff. With 98 percent of precincts reporting as of Wednesday morning, Ramirez had received 13.7 percent of the vote compared to 13.6 for West.
Harris County voters helped former Vice President Joe Biden win the Texas primary and overtake Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders as the leading candidate in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Biden received 37.7 percent of the vote in the county, while Sanders appeared on 28.6 percent of ballots. Biden, who trailed Sanders going into Super Tuesday, won at least nine of the 14 states that were in play.
Nearly 94 percent of the Harris County Republicans who voted in Tuesday’s primary supported President Donald Trump, who is facing six challengers.
Harris County Precinct 1 Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Harris County Precinct 1 Constable Alan Rosen will each serve another term after winning their Democratic primaries – Ellis with 66.6 percent of the vote and Rosen with 57.3 percent. Both will be unopposed by Republicans in November.
Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez won his Democratic primary with 72.1 percent of the vote. In November he will face either Joe Danna or Paul Day, who were the top two finishers in the Republican primary and will square off in a runoff.
Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg received 54.5 percent of the vote to win her Democratic primary. In November she will face Mary Nan Huffman, who won the Republican primary with 63.5 percent of the vote.
Vince Ryan, the Harris County Attorney, was doubled up by challenger Christian Dashaun Menefee in the Democratic primary. Menefee won outright, receiving 50.5 percent of the vote, and will face unopposed Republican John Nation in November.
All election results are unofficial until canvassed.