Election Night 2012 -- Part I
Tue July 31, 2012 8:15 pm

I’ll be reporting on the runoffs tonight. Dewhurst vs. Cruz is the most important race, of course, but there also are a number of runoffs for legislative seats. UPDATE: Aaron Pena just tweeted (per the Trib) Cruz 65%, Dewhurst 35% in Hidalgo Co. early returns. Cruz grabbed a 5-point lead early and has held it throughout. Early vote statewide:

Cruz 52.29%

Dewhurst 47.70%

 

HOPSON-CLARDY

Clardy swamped Hopson in the early vote coming out of Nacogdoches County:

Clardy 2,535

Hopson 487

However, Hopson won Cherokee County by more than a thousand votes. Hopson needs a big win in Rusk County to hold onto his seat. No returns yet from Rusk.

 

LANDTROOP-KING

 

 

S. MILLER-SHEFFIELD

 

 

LOZANO-WILSON

San Patricio County early vote has a big lead for Wilson (913-413)

 

 

VILLABLA-B. KEFFER

 

 

KLICK-SAPP

 

 

MCKNIGHT-SPRINGER

 

 

B. RATLIFF-NGUYEN

Nguyen led the primary,  but Ratliff is  believed to have narrowed the gap with mailers accusing Nguyen of lobbying for Obamacare.

 

 

WENTWORTH-CAMPBELL

The first thing to watch for in this race is the Bexar County early vote. If Wentworth is not well ahead–he needs to win Bexar by 58%–he’s in trouble. His only other good county in the district is Comal, and he needs at least to break even there. Guadalupe could give him a boost. Travis and Hays are problematic, at best.

UPDATE:

Wentworth is toast, done. Early vote in Bexar:

Campbell 64.76%

Wentworth 34.75%

Campbell won the early vote in every county.

COLE-LEACH

Cole ran and lost in 2011.

 

G. BONNEN-SITTON

I think Bonnen should win this. Just the early vote is in:

Bonnen: 57.0%

Sitton: 42.9%

R. Miller-Chaumette

Miller is a longtime political operative in Fort Bend County. This is one of those races between a politician and a civic leader that the civic leader is going to be hard-pressed to win.

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