Though area voters overwhelmingly favored Beto O’Rourke, he wound up falling in a close race to incumbent Senator Ted Cruz. And that was not the only race impacting local neighborhoods to wind up with a Republican victory despite area tendencies.
Despite a late charge from O’Rourke, the incumbent Ted Cruz once again emerged victorious in this cycle, and he will now serve his fourth consecutive term representing Texas in the United States Senate.
In contrast with the fact that nearly 66 percent of voters in the local voting precincts cast their ballots for O’Rourke, and Harris County favored O’Rourke 58 percent to 41, Cruz accrued 4,228,832 total votes (50.9 percent of the vote) to edge out O’Rourke, who garnered 4,015,082 ballots (48.3 percent).
U.S. House of Representatives, District 2
In the battle to replace the longstanding Ted Poe after he announced he would not seek re-election, Republican Dan Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL, was elected Tuesday night to become Texas’ youngest congressional representative.
Though he took the spot by garnering 53 percent of the votes (138,502) to challenger Todd Litton’s 45 percent (118,570), Crenshaw was not the pick of those in our local precincts. The Leader determined that just 42 percent of registered voters cast their ballot for Crenshaw in another race that was overwhelmingly in favor of Democrats, but wound up going in Republicans’ favor.
U.S. House of Representatives, District 18
It’s another year, and another landslide victory for the incumbent Sheila Jackson Lee, who will return for her 13th term in the U.S. House. Jackson Lee totaled just over 75 percent of registered voters’ support to defeat Republican Ava Pate, who bowed out after receiving just 21 percent of the vote.
In local polling precincts, voters cast about 62 percent of their ballots for Jackson Lee, compared to the 75 percent overall.