Live coverage: March 1, 2022 Texas primaries

Live coverage: March 1, 2022 Texas primaries

Tonight is the first primary night of the 2022 election cycle! Polls close at 8 PM ET/7 PM CT throughout most of Texas, while the small portion of the state located in the Mountain Standard Time zone around El Paso will be voting until 9 PM ET. We have plenty of exciting races to watch, and our guide to the key contests can be found here.

Note that if no candidate clears 50% in any given race, the top two vote-getters will advance to a May 24 runoff. We’ll also be covering the returns closely on Twitter.

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Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 1:04:55 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

Welcome to the first votes cast (or, at least, counted) in the 2022 federal election cycle! Texas is historically towards the front of the calendar, and they kick us off this year with tonight’s primaries. For those who want a refresher on how the Congressional map changed in Texas, feel free to take a glance here.

Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 1:06:42 AM +00:00 · Steve Singiser

While we await the first numbers (past practices tell us that it won’t be too long), feel free to acquaint yourself with the hottest races of the night, courtesy of this excellent preview by our own Jeff Singer.


Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 1:14:16 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

A reminder that we here at Daily Kos Elections go by votes cast, not “precincts reporting”, given that said metric is not as impactful as it used to be because of early/mail voting. So we will not give results of statewide races until 150,000 votes are cast (or roughly 10% of the larger 2018 primary). We’ll also go with 5000 votes in each individual House primary.


Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 1:15:54 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

TX-GOV (D): We already have one race at that threshold, and it will probably be the last time tonight we talk about it. With 174,000 votes cast, former Rep. Beto O’Rourke leads the Democratic gubernatorial primary with 92.5% of the vote. Gotta tell ya, I really like his chances here.


Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 1:18:02 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

TX-GOV (R): We’ve also exceeded that threshold on the Republican side, and that is not quite the race that perhaps former state chair Allan West was hoping for. Incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott seems well protected from runoff territory, leading with 69% of the vote in early returns. Former state legislator Don Huffines is actually holding second place (13%), with West only in bronze medal position right now at 11%.


Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 1:20:02 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

(Regarding the TX-Gov-D post above, it should be noted I was saying I really like Beto’s chances in tonight’s primary. Only fools make general election prognostications with that much confidence on March 1st!)


Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 1:24:09 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

TX-AG (R): As we hit the threshold here, bask in the glory of Louie Gohmert flaming out on an unbelievable scale. He’s currently running fourth with 13% of the vote. Incumbent A.G. Ken Paxton might be on his way to a runoff: he leads with 46%, with George P. Bush running second at 20%. Still VERY early, though.


Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 1:29:30 AM +00:00

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Steve Singiser

TX-28 (D): We’ve hit 10,000 votes in this must-watch incumbent vs. challenger throwdown, and there is a clear leader, but also a clear caveat. Challenger Jessica Cisneros, who is running to the left of conservative Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar, currently leads the incumbent 72-22. However, the two counties reporting early votes thus far are arguably the best turf for Cisneros in the San Antonio metro area.


Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 1:35:17 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

TX-35 (D): There are already a lot of votes (19,000+) reporting in the Democratic primary in the safely-blue 35th district (which links pieces of Austin and San Antonio). The more progressive option, Greg Casar, looks to be winning outside of runoff territory, with 60% of the vote and two of his more moderate opponents at 16% each.


Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 1:39:49 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

TX-08 (R): One other House primary to watch tonight is the Republican primary in the dark-red 8th district in Houston’s northern suburbs. Here, Morgan Luttrell, the slightly-more establishment candidate (or at least the beneficiary of a lot of spending by the Congressional Leadership Fund, which is the House GOP leadership’s PAC) is also well above the runoff level, at 58% of the vote with 24,000 votes reported.


Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 1:46:45 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

TX-30 (D): One other open seat where all the action is in the Democratic primary is the 30th in downtown Dallas. While state Rep. Jasmine Crockett has maintained her expected frontrunner status, she isn’t in a position to escape a runoff; she leads Jane Hamilton 46-20, with 28,000 votes reported.


Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 1:56:23 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

TX-01 (R): In the Republican primary to replace Louie Gohmert (currently floundering in the Attorney General race), it appears that east Texas voters would like to replace him with someone who in fact got a brain: in this case, it’s Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran. He’s swamped the field with 67% of the vote, with 5,000 votes reporting.


Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 1:59:46 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

TX-AG (R): Speaking of which, there’s a new second place candidate in the GOP primary, which appears likely to head to a primary. Former Supreme Court justice Eva Guzman has passed George P. Bush to move into 2nd place, 22-21, with incumbent Ken Paxton still at 43 and Rep. Louie Gohmert’s asparagus being badly disparaged at 15.


Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:05:09 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

TX-03 (R): Incumbent Rep. Van Taylor is facing an ideological challenge in the GOP primary in Dallas’s northern exurbs (in a district that got much redder in redistricting) for being insufficiently rabid, but he’s narrowly above the runoff mark in addition to benefiting from split opposition; he leads Keith Self 52-26 with 34,000 votes reported.


Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:11:15 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

TX-Gov (R): The AP has called the Republican gubernatorial primary for incumbent Greg Abbott without a runoff, who’s winning nicely with 69% of the vote against Don Huffines and Allen West, each at 11%, with nearly 800,000 votes tallied statewide. Abbott will face off against Democratic ex-Rep. Beto O’Rourke, whose primary has already been called.


Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:17:55 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

TX-38 (R): One of the Lone Star State’s newly-created seats, the 38th in Houston’s western suburbs, is a dark-red seat, so all the action is in the GOP primary. Here, expected frontrunner Wesley Hunt (who lost to Lizzie Fletcher in the then-swingy 7th in 2020) is in the lead, slightly above the runoff mark at 56%. (The other new seat, TX-37 in Austin, is a dark-blue seat; it doesn’t have an interesting primary because incumbent Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett moved over here from the 25th, which explains why the similarly-blue 25th has a hotly-contested primary to replace him, where progressive Dem Greg Casar is still firmly in the lead.)


Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:21:01 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

TX-28 (D): Things, as expected, are now a lot closer in the Democratic House primary in the 28th district, sort of tonight’s marquee matchup for progressives. Challenger Jessica Cisneros now leads incumbent Rep. Henry Cuellar only 51-45, with the drop of a lot of additional votes from Webb County in the Laredo area, which is more Cuellar’s turf. It’s important to note that third candidate Tannya Benevides is at 4.5%, and could make all the difference in terms of whether this goes to a runoff or not.


Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:26:33 AM +00:00

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David Nir

By the way, if you’re tracking the Texas primaries but want to keep an eye on President Biden’s State of the Union address that’s also going on right now, you can check out Daily Kos’ other liveblog right here.


Wednesday, Mar 2, 2022 · 2:28:19 AM +00:00

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David Jarman

TX-15: One other House race which may be the most hotly contested one in Texas in the general election — the 15th in the Rio Grande Valley, which is now a narrowly Trump-won seat thanks to redistricting and one vacated by Democratic incumbent Vicente Gonzalez, who’s now running next door in the new 34th — finally sees enough votes reported to discuss both primaries. On the Republican side, Monica de la Cruz, who came surprisingly close here in 2020, is winning easily at 64%. On the Democratic side, veteran and expected frontrunner Ruben Ramirez is leading the way at 28% but will face a runoff, likely against either against John Rigney (at 22) or Michelle Vallejo (at 19).

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