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03/02/2016 | Author: Editorial Staff

Thank you, Texas REALTORS®. Your dedication to electing pro-real estate candidates to office paid off in a big way in the primary elections: REALTOR®-supported candidates won their races and will be back in office to keep fighting for you. These candidates—from both political parties—are the best choices for the real estate industry and the future of our great state.

Several races will be determined in runoff elections on May 24, with early voting May 16-20. Sign up for TAR’s Legislative Liaison newsletter to stay in the loop about elections and legislative sessions in Austin and Washington, D.C.

Here are some highlights:

By the numbers

  • NAR, TAR, and TREPAC took positions in 79 races, with a 91% success rate: 67 candidates won their races, while 5 are heading to runoffs
  • About 4.2 million Texas voters cast their ballots in the primaries
    • 2.8 million in the Republican primary
    • 1.4 million in the Democratic primary

Supreme Court of Texas
Texas Supreme Court Justices Debra Lehrmann, Paul Green, and Eva Guzman won re-election. TAR proudly endorsed all three.

U.S. Congress
At the federal level, NAR endorsed candidates in 20 contested primaries, winning 19. Unfortunately, the one loss is Dolly Elizondo, a REALTOR® from South Texas, who fell about two percentage points shy of making the runoff for the Democratic nomination for CD 15.

Texas House and Senate
Overall, TAR-supported candidates did well in House and Senate races. TREPAC offered support in 56 state legislative races, finishing with 45 wins, six losses, and five supported candidates headed to runoffs.

Of special note, three Texas REALTORS® who currently serve as state representatives—Hubert Vo, D-Houston; Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth; and Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale—won their contests. Texas REALTOR® Justin Holland, R-Heath, and affiliate member and incumbent Rep. Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels, are heading to runoff elections in their respective state House races.

Great opportunities
The association won 13 of its 19 state opportunity races, with two losses and four races going into a runoff. Opportunity races are a collaborative effort for select campaigns between the Texas Association of REALTORS® and local associations to encourage local Texas REALTORS® to vote for supported candidates.

State-level opportunity race wins

  • SD 26 – Sen. José Menéndez, D-San Antonio
  • HD 2 – Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van
  • HD 12 - Rep. Kyle Kacal, R-College Station
  • HD 14 – Rep. John Raney, R-College Station 
  • HD 17 – Rep. John Cyrier, R-Lockhart
  • HD 47 – Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin
  • HD 58 – Rep. Dewayne Burns, R-Cleburne
  • HD 81 – Rep. Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa
  • HD 89 – Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker
  • HD 99 – Rep. Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth (REALTOR®)
  • HD 113 -  Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale (REALTOR®)
  • HD 114 – Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas
  • HD 121 – Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio

Opportunity race losses

  • HD 60 – Kevin Downing, R-Granbury (open seat)
  • HD 115 – Bennett Ratliff, R-Coppell

Opportunity race runoffs

  • SD 1 – Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola
  • HD 33 – Justin Holland, R-Heath (open seat) (REALTOR®)
  • HD 73 – Rep. Doug Miller, R-New Braunfels (Affiliate)
  • HD 128 – Rep. Wayne Smith, R-Baytown

NAR also engaged in opportunity races for eight REALTOR® Champions—and all eight won:

  • CD 3 – Sam Johnson, R
  • CD 6 – Joe Barton, R
  • CD 7 – John Culberson, R
  • CD 8 – Kevin Brady, R
  • CD 21 – Lamar Smith, R
  • CD 29 – Gene Green, D
  • CD 32 – Pete Sessions, R
  • CD 33 – Marc Veasey, D

Categories: Governmental Affairs
Tags: political affairs, governmental affairs, elections, primary election, vote

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