Texas Statewide House Races:
Democrats are hoping to flip Texas House District 28 in the upcoming runoff. Meanwhile, in Dallas’ House District 100 race, five votes separate two candidates trying to make it to the second round.
Click here to read the continually-updated results by Texas Tribune, last updated at 9 A.M.
Texas House District 28: Seat held formerly by Representative John Zerwas’, R-Richmond. With all vote centers reporting Tuesday night, the sole Democratic candidate, Eliz Markowitz, finished first with 39% of the vote, according to unofficial returns. Republican Gary Gates was the runner-up at 28%. On Wednesday morning, Gov. Greg Abbott, who did not endorse in the election, issued a statement that congratulated Gates on his “strong performance” and backed him for the runoff.
Texas House District 100: Former Rep. Eric Johnson, D-Dallas, vacated his seat earlier this year after becoming Dallas mayor, Democrats Lorraine Birabil and James Armstrong are on their way to a runoff with all vote centers reporting — if nothing changes. In the all-Democrat race, Birabil got 33%, while Armstrong had 21%, finishing just five votes ahead of Daniel Davis Clayton and 121 votes ahead of Sandra Crenshaw. Both margins were narrow enough to make Clayton and Crenshaw eligible to request recounts.
Texas House District 148: In House District 148, where Rep. Jessica Farrar, D-Houston, also resigned at the end of September, Democrat Anna Eastman and Republican Luis La Rotta were also on track for a runoff with all but a few vote centers reporting. Eastman had 20%, while La Rotta had 16%, with the next closest candidate, Democrat Adrian Garcia, at 12%.
Texas 2019 Constitutional Amendment Election Results:
On Nov. 5, Texas voters took to the polls to decide on 10 proposed amendments to the state Constitution. Texans approved nine amendments, including a proposal making it harder for future lawmakers to enact a personal income tax and a proposal concerning bonds for cancer research. Voters rejected one amendment.
Click here to read the full preliminary results published by the Texas Tribune as of 9:41 A.M.
Proposition 1 (Rejected): Allowing selected municipal court judges to serve multiple municipalities at the same time. Currently, only appointed municipal court judges — who make up more than 95% of the state’s municipal court judges, according to the House Research Organization — can serve multiple jurisdictions at the same time.
Proposition 2 (Approved): Allowing the Texas Water Development Board to issue bonds to fund water and wastewater infrastructure projects in areas where median household income is at or below 75% of the statewide median income level.
Proposition 3 (Approved): Allowing the Legislature to create temporary property tax exemptions for people with property damage in governor-declared disaster areas. The Legislature would be able to pass laws determining the eligibility requirements for exemptions, as well as the duration and amount of any write-offs.
Proposition 4 (Approved): Making it more challenging for future lawmakers to enact a personal income tax, requiring support from two-thirds – instead of a simple majority – of the House and Senate and a majority of Texas voters. Read more.
Proposition 5 (Approved): Earmarking all revenue from the sporting goods sales tax toward the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Historical Commission, as intended when the tax was created in 1993. Read more.
Proposition 6 (Approved): Allowing the Legislature to double the maximum amount of bonds it can issue on behalf of the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, to $6 billion. Read more.
Proposition 7 (Approved): Allowing the General Land Office, the State Board of Education and other entities to double the amount of revenue they can give to the Available School Fund each year. The Available School Fund provides classroom materials and funding for Texas schools.
Proposition 8 (Approved): Creating a flood infrastructure fund that the Texas Water Development Board could use to finance drainage, flood mitigation and flood control projects after a disaster.
Proposition 9 (Approved): Allowing the Legislature to create a property tax exemption for precious metals in state depositories — like the Texas Bullion Depository, scheduled to open next year in Leander.
Proposition 10 (Approved): Allowing for former handlers or qualified caretakers to adopt retired law enforcement animals without a fee. Read more.