Run-off election: Reyes leads Gonzalez in GOP congressional race; Gutierrez ahead of Rodriguez in Democratic state senate contest

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Democratic and Republican voters across Texas had the opportunity July 14 to decide which candidate would represent their respective parties in the November general election.

Pecos County Democrats had three run-off elections to vote upon, while Republicans had just one.

Pecos County saw 353 take part in Early Voting from July 2 to 10. Republicans cast 265 votes, to 88 by Democrats.

Here are the results with more than 60% of polling locations reporting:

Republican

• Texas 23rd Congressional District seat in U.S. House of Representatives: Raul Reyes Jr. is ahead of Tony Gonzales 51.5% to 48.5% with about 74% of the district's polling sites reporting.

The winner will advance to the general election to face Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones. In the March 3 Republican primary, Gonzales received 28.1% of the vote to Reyes’ 23.3%, out of a nine-candidate field. Incumbent Will Hurd (R), who was first elected in 2014, did not seek re-election.

Democrat

• Texas State Senate District 19: Roland Gutierrez leads Xochil Pena Rodriguez 53% to 47% with 60% of polling sites reporting. The winner faces Republican incumbent Pete Flores in November. 

In the March primary,  Rodriguez totaled 43.7% of the vote and Gutierrz had 37.3%.

• U.S. Senate: M.J. Hegar leads Royce West 52.2% to 48.8% with about 70% of the vote counted. The winner faces Republican incumbent John Cornyn in November.

The runoff was called after none of the 12 candidates in the March 3 primary received a majority of the vote. Hegar led with 22.3% to West’s 14.5%.

• Texas Railroad Commission:  Chrysta Castaneda appears on her way to a win, leading Roberto Alonzo  68% to 32% with 70% of votes counted. The winner faces Republican James Wright in November. 

Castaneda recorded 34% of the vote in March to Alonzo's 28.6%.

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