Well, the vote counts are in, despite the whining of the Trumpy, Abbott-appointed Secretary of State and republinuts who probably started all the whining, and we can see who will be facing off in the run-off in a couple of months. This is what we see, so far, locally.
US Rep, District 38 – Diana Martinez Alexander, Duncan Klussman
Lt. Governor – Mike Collier, Michelle Beckley
Attorney General – Rochelle Mercedes Garza, Joe Jaworski
State Comptroller – Angel Luis Vera, Janet Dudding
Land Commissioner – Sandragrace Martinez, Jay Kleberg
SBOE – 4 – Staci Childs, Coretta Mallett-Fontenot
State Rep, 147 – Danielle Keys Bess, Jolanda Jones
Judge, 185th District – Jason Luong, Andrea Beall
Judge, 208th District – Beverly Armstrong, Kimberly McTorry
Family Judge, 312th District – Clinton “Chip” Wells, Teresa Waldrop
Judge, County Civil Court #4 – Treasea Trevino, MK Singh
County Commissioner, Pct. 4 – Lesley Briones, Ben Chou
Justice of the Peace, Pct 1-2 – Sonia Lopez, Steve Duble
Those in italics are not on my ballot, but maybe they are on yours. Either way, all of us will have a busy run-off ballot. Those in bold are folks I’m voting for and/or rooting for. Those races I haven’t picked, well, I haven’t learned anything about them, yet.
Outside of Harris County, eyes will be looking toward South Texas where there will be some interesting run-offs, including CD28 where Jessica Cisneros gets one more chance to unseat the old, searched-thru furniture that is Henry Cuellar. Kuff has a good round-up on all of the run-offs in Texas.
Kuff also expands on the coverage of the printer/paper ballot issues at Harris County. I agree that more voter education and election worker training is needed to ensure people don’t scuff their paper ballots while voting. Hell, even I held my paper ballot sheets gently and from a corner while voting on the machine because I worried about it folding or whatever. Ultimately, less that one percent of ballots were damaged, but counting them just added to the delays in results because Longoria and her staff are trying to ensure actual vote security.
What we really need less of is voter suppression from the Lege with laws like SB1, whose mail ballot issues caused even more delays for election staff. And maybe local news media that treats this story in an educative manner (Miya Shay), rather than in a sensational manner (the other reporters).