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11/10/2016 | Author: Editorial Staff

The November 8 election had great news for Texas REALTORS®: 196 of the 200 REALTOR®-supported candidates on Texas ballots won their races—a 98% success rate!

Candidates were supported for their dedication to protecting private-property rights and the real estate industry. Check out TAR's voter guide to see all 200 supported candidates. 

Here are some highlights from the general election:

By the numbers
REALTOR®-supported candidates won in 196 races:  

  • All 36 Texas seats in the U.S. House of Representatives
  • 3 seats on the Texas Supreme Court
  • 16 Texas Senate seats
  • 141 of 145 races for the Texas House of Representatives.

U.S. Congress
All 36 Texas seats in the U.S. House of Representatives were up for re-election, and all 36 REALTOR®-supported candidates were successful.

Statewide races
No surprises in statewide races. Republicans swept the statewide offices, extending their streak to 133 consecutive statewide race wins (including presidential races). The lone statewide Democrat, who switched parties in 2013, was defeated.

REALTOR®-supported Texas Supreme Court Justices Debra Lehrmann, Paul Green, and Eva Guzman—all Republicans—won re-election.

The top Republican vote-getter (statewide percentage) was REALTOR®-supported Texas Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman (55.84%). Guzman also earned more raw votes (4,880,502) than any other statewide Republican.

Texas Senate
The partisan composition of the Texas Senate (20 Republicans/11 Democrats) has not changed.

All 16 REALTOR®-supported candidates for Texas Senate won their races.

Opportunity races
TAR engaged in 11 Opportunity Races for seats in the Texas House of Representatives, including support for three candidates who are Texas REALTORS®. Only one Opportunity Race, in HD 107, was unsuccessful.  

  • HD 23 Rep. Wayne Faircloth, R-Dickinson
  • HD 33 Justin Holland, R-Heath, Texas REALTOR®
  • HD 43 Rep. J. M. Lozano, R-Kingsville
  • HD 47 Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin
  • HD 50 Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, Texas REALTOR®
  • HD 105 Rep. Rodney Anderson, R-Grand Prairie
  • HD 107 Rep. Kenneth Sheets, R-Dallas*
  • HD 113 Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, Texas REALTOR®
  • HD 114 Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas
  • HD 134 Rep. Sarah Davis, R-Houston
  • HD 136 Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park

TAR’s Opportunity Race program provides extra support to candidates that local associations identify as REALTOR®-friendly candidates who could use extra support getting elected.

*Texas Rep. Kenneth Sheets will not be back for the 85th Texas Legislature after losing to Democrat Victoria Neave. This was one of the closest races in the general election, with Neave winning by only 828 votes.

Texas House of Representatives
TAR took positions in 145 races for the Texas House of Representatives, with 141 wins and four loses.

Democrats picked up five seats in the Texas House, so the partisan composition has shifted slightly, from 99 Republicans, 50 Democrats, and one Independent to 95 Republicans and 55 Democrats.

These four REALTOR®-supported candidates were unsuccessful in their Texas House races:

  • In HD 107, Republican Rep. Kenneth Sheets was defeated by Democrat Victoria Neave (50.8% to 49.2%)
  • In HD 117, Republican Rep. Rick Galindo was defeated by Democrat Philip Cortez (51.3% to 48.7%)
  • In HD 118, Republican Rep. John Lujan was defeated by Democrat Tomas Uresti (55.2% to 44.8%)
  • In HD 144, Republican Rep. Gilbert Peña was defeated by Democrat Mary Ann Perez (60.2% to 39.8%).

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