Be assured every policy wonk in America is slicing and dicing Election Day information and trying to ascribe some meaning to the results. In Texas, the bottom line remained as steadfast on Election Day as it has for the past twenty-four years, the last time a Democrat won a statewide office: Republicans rule.
There are still more active voters who side with Republicans than Democrats. Despite the Betomania that swept progressive voters across the nation, election night numbers show that the Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Beto O’Rourke ranked ninth among all statewide nonjudicial candidates in the number of votes received—just behind the lowest ranking statewide Republican candidate on the ballot. Looking at the numbers, Governor Greg Abbott was the most popular politician on Tuesday’s ballot, amassing 4.6 million votes. Land Commissioner George P. Bush came in second with 4.4 million votes total. And Ted Cruz ranked sixth with 4.2 million votes. Here are the numbers for the major party candidates:
|Land Commissioner||George P. Bush||REP||4,415,868|
|Railroad Commissioner||Christi Craddick||REP||4,357,720|
|Lieutenant Governor||Dan Patrick||REP||4,242,504|
|U. S. Senator||Ted Cruz||REP||4,241,980|
|Agriculture Commissioner||Sid Miller||REP||4,203,629|
|Attorney General||Ken Paxton||REP||4,173,632|
|U. S. Senator||Beto O’Rourke||DEM||4,019,058|
|Attorney General||Justin Nelson||DEM||3,874,265|
|Lieutenant Governor||Mike Collier||DEM||3,837,126|
|Agriculture Commissioner||Kim Olson||DEM||3,798,410|
|Railroad Commissioner||Roman McAllen||DEM||3,589,608|
|Land Commissioner||Miguel Suazo||DEM||3,543,567|
Despite giving Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz a run for his money, the fact O’Rourke came in behind Republican Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller–who has a reputation as a buffoon–and Paxton shows the Democrats in Texas still have a long way to go to once again become a majority party in the state. Paxton is facing felony securities fraud charges stemming from his private law practice. Paxton denies the charges and claims he is a victim of a political witch hunt.