The polls in Texas (except for El Paso) closed a 7 p.m. CST. We’ll try to provide updates on the results in State Board of Education races as we get them. Below are the five big contests we’re following. (I) means incumbent.
Updated at 12:40 a.m. This is the last update of the night. The state board’s far-right faction failed to add another seat tonight when incumbent Bob Craig defeated his challenger. On the other hand, faction member Ken Mercer won his party’s renomination over challenger Tim Tuggey. The race between incumbent Don McLeroy and challenger Thomas Ratliff appeared too close to call, but Ratliff was holding on to a lead of a little more than 1,100 votes. Most of the remaining boxes are in Collin County north of Dallas. McLeroy currently leads in that county by a little more than 400 votes.
12:45 a.m. – OK, one more update. In a real stunner, it appears that incumbent Geraldine “Tincy” Miller has been defeated in the GOP primary by George Clayton. With 99% of precincts reporting, Clayton leads by more than 2,500 votes. Read more about Clayton here. And here are Clayton’s answers to questions from the Dallas Morning News voter guide.
TFN Insider will recap all of the races on Wednesday.
This district stretches from Bexar County to southern Travis County and includes the Hill Country and up to Bell County north of Austin.
Republican Primary, 95% reporting
Ken Mercer (I): 74,595
Tim Tuggey: 33,446
Democratic Primary, 100% reporting
Rebecca Bell-Metereau: 23,046
Robert Bohmfalk: 2,252
Daniel Boone: 8,360
Josiah Ingalls: 3,574
This largely East-Central Texas district stretches from Plano to Bryan-College Station.
Republican Primary, 98% reporting
Don McLeroy (I): 53,644
Thomas Ratliff: 54,785
This district stretches from Williamson and northern Travis County to just west of Houston. Republican incumbent Cynthia Dunbar is not running for re-election.
Republican Primary, less than 98% reporting
Marsha Farney: 36,497
Rebecca Osborne: 30,037
Brian Russell: 36,377
This district includes the Panhandle and much of West Texas.
Republican Primary, 97% reporting
Bob Craig (I): 74,584
Randy Rives: 41,485