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Gov. Greg Abbott prevailed after a tumultuous period that included the pandemic, a statewide blackout, restrictions on voting and abortion and the Uvalde school shooting. His challenger, Beto O’Rourke, was the Texas Democratic Party’s great hope but he has lost three races in four years.
U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Laredo Democrat, has won a 10th term in the U.S. House. Another Democratic member of Congress, Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen, defeated U.S. Rep. Mayra Flores, a Republican who won a June special election. And Monica De La Cruz became the first Republican to win in the 15th Congressional District.
Statewide Republican officials prevailed, including Attorney General Ken Paxton, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar.
TEXAS SENATE DISTRICT 26
✓José Menéndez Incumbent 140,042 66.5%
TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 119
✓Elizabeth “Liz” Campos Incumbent 29,097 78.0%
STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 3
✓Marisa B. Perez-Diaz Incumbent 256,674 54.8%
The land commissioner oversees an agency that manages 13 million acres of state land, administers disaster recovery funds, contributes to public school funding and has administrative control of the Alamo.
✓Dawn Buckingham 4,453,048 56.2%
In Texas, the Railroad Commission regulates the oil and gas industry. Members of the three-person board are elected statewide, and one seat is up for election in 2022. Republican incumbent Wayne Christian won against Luke Warford, a former Texas Democratic Party staffer.
✓Wayne Christian Incumbent 4,390,591 55.4%
The agriculture commissioner oversees programs to financially assist farmers, ranchers, rural hospitals and school lunch programs. Sid Miller won a third term against Democratic challenger Susan Hays.
✓Sid Miller Incumbent 4,469,098 56.4%
The comptroller is the state official responsible for collecting taxes, overseeing the state treasury and forecasting the amount of money that’s available for the state’s two-year budget. Republican Glenn Hegar won his third term over Democratic challenger Janet Dudding, an accountant.
✓Glenn Hegar Incumbent 4,485,714 56.4%
Turnout for early voting in this midterm election reached 31%, about 7 percentage points below what it was in 2018. This may be due to voter apathy.