According to the Secretary of State's office, the statewide turnout for this year’s primary election was less than 10% for Republican ballots and less than 4% for Democratic ballots for the over 13 million registered voters. And more ballots were cast during early voting than on Election Day.
For Collin County, the percentage was larger (13%) of the 435,397 registered voters.
McKinney’s Senator Ken Paxton is heading for a runoff in the Republican bid for Attorney General after results were tallied in Tuesday’s Texas primary election. His opponent will be Dallas’ State Representative Dan Branch.
Paxton easily outdistanced Branch in Collin County (68%-23%), but his margin state-wide was 44%-33%. To prevent a runoff, a candidate must have at least 50% of the vote, otherwise the top two vote-getters in a race move to a runoff election.
For the Democratic bid, Sam Houston ran unopposed.
In other races for seats that affect Collin County:
State Senate: Republicans Van Taylor (District 8) and Craig Estes (District 30) ran unopposed, and the Democrats did not run anyone in those races. Taylor will move into the seat vacated by Paxton in January 2015.
State House: Republicans Scott Turner (District 33), Jeff Leach (District 67) and Scott Sanford (District 70) all ran unopposed in the primary and the Democrats did not run anyone in those races. Jodie Laubenberg (District 89) was unopposed in the Republican primary, but will face competition in the general election from Sameena Karmally, who ran unopposed in the Democratic primary.
The only local contested race for state representative was in District 66, where Matt Shaheen and Glenn Callison are headed for a runoff. Shaheen’s margin over Callison was 49%-40%. The Democrats did not run a candidate for that office, so the winner of the runoff will win the seat vacated by Taylor.
County Commissioner: Republican incumbents Cheryl Williams (Precinct 2) and Duncan Webb (Precinct 4) ran unopposed in the primary and the Democrats did not run any candidate. Republican Mark Reid will face a runoff against Susan Fletcher, where the vote margin was only six votes (3,828-3,822) and neither received 50% of the vote (Reid 42%, Fletcher 41%).
Keith Self (County Judge) and Greg Willis (Criminal District Attorney) won reelection as both were unopposed in the Republican primary and the Democrats did not run anyone for those seats.
In other state-wide elections, Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis, after substantial wins in the primary, will face each other in the general election in November. Each seeks to replace current Governor Rick Perry, who did not seek another term.
Lieutenant Governor: The Republican bid is headed for a runoff between incumbent David Dewhurst and challenger Dan Patrick. Patrick outdistanced Dewhurst by a margin of 42% to 28%. The Democratic bid went to Leticia Van de Putte, who ran unopposed.
U.S. Senate: Republican incumbent John Cornyn easily beat Steve Stockman 59%-19%. On the Democratic side, David Alameel and Kesha Rogers will go to a runoff.
U.S. House: Neither Republicans Sam Johnson (District 3) nor Pete Sessions (District 32) will face a challenger in the general election, and both won the primary election. District 4 is headed to a runoff for the Republican bid, with Ralph Hall (45%) vs. John Ratcliffe (29%). There was no Democratic candidate for this seat.
The runoff election will be held on Tuesday, May 27. Click here for other important dates in the elections.