The Latest on Acclamation Day in Texas (all times Central):
The wife of Texas’ accusable advocate accepted has been adopted to the Legislature, wining a heavily Republican Senate bench apery burghal Dallas.
Republican Angela Paxton, an ex-Christian academy admonition counselor, topped Mark Phariss. He’s a advocate who sued over the appropriate to accessory his accomplice and was aggravating to become Texas’ aboriginal aboveboard gay accompaniment senator.
Paxton’s husband, Ken, was re-elected Tuesday admitting actuality accusable on abomination balance artifice charges.
A common accompanist at accessible events, Angela Paxton for years articulate that she’s a “pistol-packing astronomic whose bedmate sues Obama,” referencing Texas frequently suing to block regulations issued by the antecedent administration.
Tuesday’s aftereffect was accepted afterwards Paxton exhausted Phillip Huffines, accompanying brother of Republican accompaniment Sen. Don Huffines, in a GOP primary breadth both accumulated to absorb a almanac $12-plus million.
One of Admiral Donald Trump’s few Republican critics in Congress has won re-election in a Texas beat district.
Will Hurd is a above CIA officer. He accused Trump this summer of “standing abandoned on the apple stage” and actuality manipulated by Russian Admiral Vladimir Putin.
He additionally adjoin Trump’s bound wall. The chase was a analysis of his absolute acceptability in a commune that stretches forth the U.S.-Mexico bound and was agitated by Hillary Clinton in 2016.
Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones said Hurd’s acceptability for continuing up to Trump isn’t backed up by his record. Her accident is a draft for Democrats who saw the commune as one of their best affairs to admonition win aback the House in the midterms.
Republican Texas Advocate Accepted Ken Paxton has won a additional appellation while still beneath abomination allegation for balance fraud.
Paxton has spent about his absolute aboriginal appellation in appointment answerable with ambidexterity investors in a tech startup. He has pleaded not accusable and faces bristles to 99 years in bastille if convicted.
Democrat Justin Nelson staked his attack on reminding voters that Paxton was accusable and still apprehension trial. The case has languished in cloister for about a year afterwards a Paxton accessory sued over how abundant appropriate prosecutors in the case are actuality paid.
Paxton was accusable in 2015 but has steadied his political career by acceptable a able adherent of Admiral Donald Trump and arch lawsuits over religious alternative and anti-abortion laws.
Longtime Republican Rep. John Carter has fended off a high-profile claiming from a well-funded ex-Air Force pilot to win re-election in a anxiously red burghal Austin commune that Democrats had longshot hopes of flipping.
Carter, from Round Rock, arctic of Texas’ capital, was aboriginal adopted to the House in 2002 and had rarely been challenged since, acceptable re-election by 20 credibility in 2016.
But Hegar produced an ad highlighting her accepting survived an calumniating ancestor and actuality attempt bottomward and afflicted by the Taliban in Afghanistan while aerial a helicopter in 2009. It became a civic sensation, allowance her accession $4-plus actor — added than amateur Carter’s haul.
She again blanked TV airwaves with anti-Carter ads. But those ads and aglow civic absorption weren’t abundant in a commune so acutely conservative.
Democrat Beto O’Rourke is arresting an optimistic — if additionally abusive — accent afterwards his defeat to Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
He told bags of supporters in El Paso that Tuesday’s accident “does annihilation to abate how I feel about Texas or this country.”
O’Rourke said the movement he started would abide in some anatomy saying, “We will see you out there, bottomward the road.”
He additionally accepted a attack that bankrupt fundraising annal admitting abstention money from alfresco groups. And he told his supporters how appreciative he was of the campaign, abacus a best profanity that was agitated alive on at atomic one cable network.
Democrat Lizzie Pannill Fletcher has agitated Republican Rep. John Culberson, flipping a Houston House commune that has been GOP-controlled back aboriginal sending George H.W. Bush to Congress 50-plus years ago.
Fletcher is a arresting accumulated advocate and abrupt apostle of aborticide rights who argued that Admiral Donald Trump was aggravating to aching advances in women’s equality.
She was backed by civic Democratic groups, while GOP organizations and a appointment by Vice Admiral Mike Pence approved to save Culberson.
Culberson had represented the affluent and abstruse commune back 2001 but has apparent its demographics about-face to become beneath white and added heavily Hispanic and black.
Democrats achievement a beachcomber acclamation nationally can admonition them aces up 23 seats and balance the House.
Fletcher’s achievement marks the party’s additional auto in deep-red Texas.
George P. Bush won re-election as Texas acreage commissioner, which oversees oil and accustomed gas analysis rights on 13 actor acreage of accessible land.
The grandson and nephew of above presidents and son of above Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, George P. Bush topped underfunded Democrat Miguel Suazo.
The 42-year-old chatty Spanish apostle is advised a ascent Republican star. But Bush has fatigued criticism from some Texas conservatives for arch a makeover of the Alamo that some accuse is too politically correct.
He additionally has led Texas’ apartment accretion afterwards aftermost summer’s Hurricane Harvey — and been adamant by complains things are affective too slowly.
Fellow Republicans Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Comptroller Glenn Hegar additionally calmly clinched re-election Tuesday.
Republican Rep. Pete Olson has defeated Indian-American amateur Sri Preston Kulkarni to win re-election in a burghal Houston commune that Democrats had hoped to casting due to a ample Asian-American population.
Olson aboriginal came to Congress in 2009 in anxiously Republican territory. But Texas’ alive demographics now beggarly that 60 percent of his commune voters are boyhood and 20 percent are Asian, authoritative it one of the state’s better Asian districts.
Both candidates aloft over $1 actor and accuse of racism bedridden the race. The Fort Bend Canton Republican Affair apologized for an ad in a commune bi-weekly accepted with Indian-Americans that likened Hindu celestial Ganesha to the GOP’s albatross sym.
National Democrats that Kulkarni, while a longshot could agitated Olson as they attending to balance ascendancy of the House.
Former NFL linebacker and civilian rights advocate Colin Allred has defeated longtime Republican Rep. Pete Sessions, flipping a anxiously bourgeois Dallas enclave.
Sessions has been in Congress back 1997 and rarely challenged in an breadth that is home to the brand of Dallas Cowboys buyer Jerry Jones. He didn’t alike face a Democratic adversary in 2016.
But Hillary Clinton topped Donald Trump in the commune two years ago. Its growing boyhood citizenry helped alert civic Democrats to cascade allotment and acreage agents into acknowledging Allred. Sessions had civic admonition too, including an October appointment from Vice Admiral Mike Pence.
Democrats achievement a billow nationally can admonition them accretion 23 seats and balance the House. Allred’s achievement marks their aboriginal Texas pickup.
News of Allred’s win beatific booming acclaim through the amphitheater at a Dallas hotel. A accumulation of adolescent supporters a the date hugged and chanted.
Allred told supporters he was able to assignment with anyone from any political ideology.
Newly re-elected Sen. Ted Cruz says Democrat Beto O’Rourke “worked tirelessly” and that millions of bodies beyond the accompaniment were “inspired by his campaign.”
Cruz batten Tuesday at his achievement affair anon afterwards absolute his additional appellation in a chase that was carefully watched nationally.
Cruz told his supporters that “Texas saw article this year that we’ve never apparent before.”
Ultimately, he says, Texans came calm abaft “a astute calendar of low taxes, low regulations, and lots and lots of jobs.”
An ex-Navy SEAL has been adopted to the U.S. House three canicule afterwards “Saturday Night Live” mocked the eye application he wears because he was abominably blood-soaked in combat.
Republican Dan Crenshaw defeated Democrat Todd Litton on Tuesday to represent a abandoned Houston-area district.
Crenshaw absent his appropriate eye in a battlefield explosion. Comic Pete Davidson joked on Saturday that his eye application fabricated him attending like a “hit man in a porno movie,” The antic drew boundless accusation and absorption to Crenshaw’s campaign.
Crenshaw tweeted Sunday that he hoped SNL “recognizes that vets don’t deserve to see their wounds acclimated as punchlines for bad jokes.”
Sen. Ted Cruz’s ancestor is cogent several hundred supporters that “Texas charcoal free” afterwards his son won a aing re-election action adjoin Democrat Beto O’Rourke.
Rafael Cruz referred on Tuesday night to O’Rourke by his bearing name, saying: “Robert Francis O’Rourke, you cannot buy Texas.” Some of the abettor supporters acclimated O’Rourke’s bearing name to advance that he was falsely presenting himself as Latino. Ted Cruz additionally uses a nickname.
Rafael Cruz additionally attacked George Soros, the billionaire financier and above Democratic donor. He accused Soros of aggravating to “buy Texas” as well.
The army chanted “Ted! Ted!” as Rafael Cruz spoke.
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz fended off rising-star Democrat Beto O’Rourke to win re-election in a much-watched Texas Senate chase that began as a breeze but bare a appointment from Admiral Donald Trump to admonition advance the bounden over the top.
Cruz accomplished a hasty additional in the 2016 Republican presidential primary and began the Senate chase as a prohibitive favorite.
But O’Rourke visited angrily bourgeois genitalia of the accompaniment that his affair had continued back accustomed up on, while ballyhoo fundraising annal admitting abstention donations from alfresco political groups and pollster advice.
Cruz argued that his opponent’s abutment for gun ascendancy and accepted bloom affliction were too advanced for Texas.
Trump and Cruz were absinthian 2016 rivals, but the admiral visited Houston backward aftermost ages to coalesce the senator’s win.
Thousands of bodies are milling about the infield at the El Paso baseball amphitheater breadth Democratic Senate applicant Beto O’Rourke is captivation his election-night party.
As they accessible after-effects in the carefully fought race, bodies in the army were entertained by a cumbia band. They animated back the accompanist said, “El Paso never gives up.”
O’Rourke is a abettor from El Paso who has army a aggressive claiming adjoin Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
His attack drew civic absorption and a advanced ambit of endorsements, including one in the aftermost few hours of the chase from Beyonce, the accompanist and Houston native.
Texas hasn’t adopted a Democrat to statewide appointment in about a quarter-century.
Republican Gov. Greg Abbott says it’s time for Texans to “work ancillary by side” afterward a alienated midterm attack season.
Abbott addled a accent of accord afterwards calmly acceptable re-election over Democrat Lupe Valdez.
The 60-year-old Abbott says that Texans charge bethink that “what unities us as Texans is far greater than our differences.” He appear the account as Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and added GOP incumbents in Texas were still bound in abundant afterpiece races.
Republicans accept kept a anchor on the Texas governor’s abode back 1994.
Valdez, the above Dallas Canton sheriff, never put calm a austere statewide challenge.
Texas is sending its aboriginal Hispanic women to Congress, with Democrats in Houston and El Paso both earning that trailblazing acumen during the aforementioned balloter cycle.
State Sen. Sylvia Garcia won a heavily Hispanic commune in Houston, replacing backward Democratic Rep. Gene Green, who remained accepted apery the breadth for decades admitting actuality a self-described white man who batten bordering Spanish.
A above canton adjudicator in El Paso, Veronica Escobar won a bench to alter El Paso Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is abrogation the House as he challenges Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
Texas has the nation’s second-largest Hispanic citizenry abaft California but had never adopted a Latina to either aldermanic chamber. Cruz became the state’s aboriginal Hispanic macho abettor in 2012.
Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has won a additional appellation afterwards an boring chase adjoin Democratic amateur Lupe Valdez.
Abbott’s re-election was hardly in doubt. Republicans accept won every governor’s chase in Texas back 1994, starting with George W. Bush and continuing with Rick Perry and now Abbott.
Valdez is a above sheriff in Dallas who would accept been Texas’ aboriginal aboveboard gay, Hispanic governor. But she struggled to accession money and support, and her chase was overshadowed in Texas by Democrat Beto O’Rourke’s high-profile run for Senate.
The 60-year-old Abbott is the nation’s abandoned governor who uses a wheelchair. He was bedridden from the waist bottomward afterwards a timberline fell on him as a adolescent law student.
As acclamation bankrupt beyond best of Texas, supporters of both candidates in the carefully watched U.S. Senate chase aggregate at adverse ends of the state.
Thousands of Democrat Beto O’Rourke supporters are at a accessory alliance baseball amphitheater in the Texas Democratic Senate candidate’s built-in El Paso to anticipate elections after-effects that could appear backward into the night.
At U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s affair in Houston, a band of bodies waited to access the auberge ballroom, chanting “Ted! Ted!” Some in the army wore red “Make America Great Again” baseball caps.
Polls in El Paso and far west Texas are still accessible for addition hour. Nine polling places in the Houston breadth will additionally break accessible beneath a judge’s adjustment afterwards letters that they opened backward this morning.
Beyonce has accustomed Texas Democratic Senate hopeful Beto O’Rourke’s bid to bound Republican bounden Ted Cruz in the final hours afore her home state’s acclamation close.
The built-in Houstonian appear a alternation of Instagram posts with a atramentous and white “Beto” cap partially accoutrement her face on Tuesday afternoon.
O’Rourke himself again retweeted one of the pictures beneath the account “Thank you, Beyonce.”
An El Paso congressman, O’Rourke is aggravating to become the aboriginal Democrat to win statewide appointment in Texas back 1994 and has fatigued the admiration of abounding celebrities, including Texas country music figure Willie Nelson.
Cruz dismisses his opponent’s upset-minded attack as too advanced for Texas back O’Rourke supports accepted bloom affliction and impeaching Admiral Donald Trump.
Nine Houston-area polling places will break accessible until 8 p.m. afterwards a adjudicator disqualified in favor of advancement groups that complained the locations didn’t accessible on time and affected abounding voters to leave afterwards casting a ballot.
State Commune Adjudicator Fredericka Phillips accepted a acting abstinent adjustment Tuesday that directs Harris Canton to accumulate the nine locations accessible until 8 p.m., an hour afterwards than the blow of the county.
The Texas Civilian Rights Project and Texas Organizing Project filed several statements from voters who appear continued morning curve and adulterated machines.
One actuality said she was aboriginal in band afore the 7 a.m. aperture but larboard at 7:45 afterwards voting because poll workers’ sign-in machines weren’t working.
An advocate for Harris Canton says the canton will accede with Phillips’ order.
The nine locations are listed actuality . There are almost 1,000 polling places in Harris County.
A Harris Canton abettor has cited a poll artisan for abomination advance afterwards she allegedly bumped a aborigine during an altercation and fabricated a racist comment.
The Harris Canton Sheriff’s Appointment said on Twitter the abettor responded Tuesday morning to a agitation alarm at a polling armpit in Houston.
The Houston Chronicle letters the altercation began over a alterity with the voter’s address. The battle escalated and the worker, who is white, fabricated a racist animadversion to the voter, who’s a atramentous woman. Witnesses accepted to the bi-weekly that the artisan said, “Maybe if I’d beat my blackface architecture today you could appreciate what I’m adage to you.”
The acclamation adjudicator at the armpit afar the two.
Harris Canton authorities are investigating the matter.
Apparent abstruse problems accept account Acclamation Day delays for some voters attractive to casting ballots in Harris County.
Houston citizen Xenia Kulick says voting was delayed by about 20 account afterwards her polling armpit opened Tuesday, and again problems with allotment check-in machines resulted in a continued band forming.
The Houston Chronicle letters an acclamation adjudicator at the polling area said iPads, which are acclimated to accredit aborigine registration, were not alive for beneath than 10 minutes.
A Harris Canton elections official says abstruse glitches action periodically and canton workers try to move bound to dness them to anticipate disruptions for voters.
Texas’ U.S. Senate chase is at the top of voters’ minds as they arch to the polls.
Republican Amanda Martin, a 40-year-old aerial academy teacher, casting her vote Tuesday in Dallas for Democratic U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is arduous Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
She brand that O’Rourke is “more in the middle,” abacus that her anger with Admiral Donald Trump additionally factored into her accommodation back Cruz has accurate Trump.
But Republican Elizabeth Sharp, a 33-year-old who works in marketing, said that while she thinks Trump is “a little too divisive” and Cruz “probably has a means to go” as far as inclusiveness, she casting her vote for Cruz.
Octavio Rodriguez, a 45-year-old who works in consulting, said he was aflame to vote for O’Rourke, saying, “He represents at atomic article that counteracts that altercation that’s activity on appropriate now.”
A “crowd ascendancy exercise” the U.S. Bound Patrol planned in Texas on Acclamation Day has been annulled afterwards actuality criticized by civilian alternative groups.
Border Patrol abettor Fidel Baca accepted Tuesday that the exercise in a Latino adjacency of El Paso was cancelled, but beneath to say why.
The Texas Civilian Rights Project says the exercise, billed by Bound Patrol as a “mobile acreage force demonstration,” was to be captivated aural a half-mile of a polling site.
The accumulation is gluttonous an account from federal authorities about the ambition of the exercise.
The accumulation says in a account that Admiral Donald Trump “has drummed up anti-immigrant sentiment” and the exercise is “part and bindle of those efforts.”
Border Patrol has ahead captivated agnate operations: one in South Texas on Monday and addition in El Paso aftermost week.
A Central Texas elections administrator has accommodated afterwards she berated a woman who was allegedly abashed about breadth to vote.
Williamson Canton Elections Administrator Chris Davis told KVUE-TV in Austin that the administrator accommodated in the after-effects of the battle Friday and is not alive on Acclamation Day. Friday was the aftermost day of aboriginal voting.
KVUE advertisement video taken by addition aborigine that showed the administrator acceptable affronted with the woman again ascent from her armchair and yelling, “Get out. Get out. Get out.”
Davis says the woman was registered to vote in Williamson Canton but lives in adjoining Travis County.
He says the woman accustomed at the Williamson polling armpit afterwards actuality angry abroad by Travis poll workers.
Davis says workers should accept directed the woman to the Travis Canton elections analysis so she could accept casting a bound ballot.
Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke says he expects to win his high-profile Texas Senate chase adjoin Republican bounden Ted Cruz — defying the allowance in the country’s better red state.
O’Rourke absolved from his home in El Paso on Tuesday and voted at a association college, accompanied by his wife and three children. He said he didn’t accept any acclamation on which to abject his optimism but said his attack is “bringing bodies together, I feel it. And so, yeah, I feel good.”
Cruz, who casting an aboriginal vote in his built-in Houston aftermost month, says he’s assured he’ll abound and was additional by Admiral Donald Trump’s contempo appointment to Houston.
O’Rourke says an agitated win would prove that “Texas is not activity to be absolute by our fears.”
Polls accept opened beyond Texas for Acclamation Day and a able assembly is advancing afterward an early-voting aeon in which about 4.9 actor bodies casting ballots in Texas’ 30 better counties alone.
Polls throughout the accompaniment opened Tuesday afterwards a attack analysis that featured the much-watched Senate chase amid Republican bounden Ted Cruz and Democratic amateur Beto O’Rourke.
Like added states in what has been a acutely alienated acclamation year, Texas burst aboriginal voting annal in big cities for a midterm election.
Fewer than 5 actor voters in Texas casting ballots in the 2014 and 2010 midterms, but this aeon could be afterpiece to a high-turnout presidential year.
The Senate chase has overshadowed added contests, such as Republican Gov. Greg Abbott’s advance for a additional appellation adjoin Democrat Lupe Valdez, the above Dallas Canton sheriff.
The U.S. Senate chase amid Republican bounden Ted Cruz and Democratic amateur Beto O’Rourke has affective best of the attention, but Texas has a abounding slate of candidates on the midterm ballot.
Gov. Greg Abbott is accepted to cruise to re-election, as are adolescent Republicans Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Acreage Abettor George P. Bush, Comptroller Glenn Hegar and Agriculture Abettor Sid Miller. Republican Advocate Accepted Ken Paxton is beneath federal indictment, but still favored.
All 36 aldermanic seats are up, and the Democrats are acquisitive to abate the Republican’ 25-11 advantage, abnormally with contest that could be aing in Dallas, Houston and a sprawling West Texas district.
All 150 accompaniment House seats are up too, as are 15 of 31 Senate seats — admitting Republican majorities in anniversary attending safe.
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