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Texas Primary Runoff Results

May 23, 2018 - 5:42 am

Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez has defeated Andrew White in the Democratic run-off for Governor. Valdez will now take on Governor Greg Abbott in the fall.

Valzez is the first openly gay and Latina nominated to run for governor . She says she's running to make Texas stronger and more tolerant. 

Former NFL player and civil rights lawyer Colin Allred is the Democratic Party's nominee to face Republican Congressman Pete Sessions this fall.

Allred defeated businesswoman Lillian Salerno in the runoff. Democrats believe they have a chance against Sessions...because of strong Democratic turnout in 2016 in his district.

In Collin County, Lorie Burch has been elected in the U.S. House District 3 Democratic run-off, beating Sam Johnson by a three-to-one margin. In November, she will challenge Republican Van Taylor in the race for the seat left open by the retirement of long-time incumbent Sam Johnson, who is no relation to Burch's opponent last night.

Lance Gooden is the winner in the U.S. House District 5 Republican run-off. He gained about 53% of the vote to beat Bunni Pounds. Gooden will face Democrat Dan Wood this fall for the seat left vacant when Jeb Hensarling retires at the end of his term.

In the Dallas County Commissioners race, Dallas attorney J.J. Koch got a win for the Republican nomination, defeating former judge Vickers Cunningham.

Cunningham drew national attention after reports surfaced his will would only reward his children if they married white, straight Christians. But the runoff race was close; just 25 votes decided the winner, so Cunningham could have the right to request a recount. No word yet if he will.