Election 2020

Houston-Area And Statewide Primary Election Runoff Report

Winners from Tuesday’s runoff will go on to the November general election.

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A voter passes by a voting booth after voting, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Houston.

Below are results for some Houston-area races in the 2020 primary runoffs.

MJ Hegar defeats Royce West and will go on to face Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in November.

Mike Siegel will again challenge Republican U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul in Texas’ 10th Congressional District.

Updated 11:38 a.m. Wednesday

Penny Morales Shaw has defeated incumbent Anna Eastman, in a primary challenge for Texas State Representative of District 148 in Houston.

Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls will be the Republican nominee for Congress from Texas' 22nd Congressional District. Nehls defeated Republican donor and activist Kathaleen Wall with 70% of the vote with all polling locations reporting.

Nehls will face the Democratic candidate, former Foreign Service Officer Sri Preston Kulkarni, in the general election. Kulkarni is making his second run for the district.

The open seat is being vacated by Republican Rep. Pete Olson, who has represented the seat since 2009. Olson had the closest race of his career in 2018, narrowly edging out Kulkarni. Olson announced in July 2019 that he would not seek another term.

The 22nd Congressional District covers most of Fort Bend County, including Sugar Land, as well as portions of northern Brazoria County and southeast Harris County. It has been in Republican hands for most of the last four decades.

In recent years, however, Fort Bend County has become much more ethnically and racially diverse, a trend that has generally benefited Democratic candidates in recent elections. The fall contest between Nehls and Kulkarni is expected to be one of the tightest in the state.

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Voters at the Poe Elementary School polling place on July 14, 2020, are given a temperature check before entering.

Michael Moore, chief of staff to former Houston Mayor Bill White, defeated teacher and activist Diana Martinez Alexander in the Democratic primary runoff for Harris County Commissioner, Precinct 3.

Moore will face the Republican candidate, Spring Valley Village Mayor Tom Ramsey, in November.

Ramsey was the hand-chosen successor of longtime Commissioner Steve Radack. Radack has represented Precinct 3 since 1988. He announced his plans to retire in December of last year.

The precinct covers the western and northwestern portions of Harris County.


Via KUT in Austin: Chrysta Castañeda is the presumed winner of the Democratic primary runoff for Railroad Commission of Texas. Despite its name, the railroad commission regulates the Texas oil and gas industry.

Castañeda is a Dallas-based energy lawyer whose campaign focused on environmental issues, including reducing the flaring of natural gas in Texas oilfields. If results hold, she will face Republican Jim Wright in the general election for a chance to serve on the three-member Railroad Commission.

Wright, who owns an oilfield service company, beat incumbent Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton in the Republican primary in March.

Other Winners:

U.S. House – District 18: Wendell Champion, GOP

State House – District 138: Akilah Bacy, Dem

Full results on Houston-area races

Additional reporting by the Associated Press.

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Andrew Schneider

Andrew Schneider

Politics and Government Reporter

Andrew heads Houston Public Media's coverage of national, state, and local elections. He also reports on major policy issues before the Texas Legislature and county and city governments across Greater Houston. Before taking up his current post, Andrew spent five years as Houston Public Media's business reporter, covering the oil...

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