Texas midterms result in overwhelming Republican victory

Incumbent Greg Abbott wins gubernatorial race


Christina Post

The AP Government classes’ mock elections predicted an overwhelming victory for Republicans, namely incumbent governor Greg Abbott.

Emma Siebold, Editor-in-Chief

With over 90 % of votes counted across the states, the results of the Texas midterm elections are overwhelmingly Republican.

Incumbent Republican Greg Abbott had a staggering victory over Democrat Beto O’Rourke for the gubernatorial election (54.8 % versus 43.8 %).

The main blue counties in the state were Harris, Bexar, Dallas and Travis, while over 216 countries were solidly Republican.

AP U.S. Government teacher Christina Post held a mock election for her classes on Nov. 8, and it accurately predicted the Texas legislature to be overwhelmingly Republican as well.

“I am satisfied with the results of the election,” senior Trace Weldon said. “I feel as though my second amendment right has been protected.”

Abbott has been serving as the 48th governor of Texas since 2015. After his loss on Tuesday, O’Rourke claimed that he’s “in this fight for life”.

According to the Texas Tribune, these are the results of yesterday’s election:

Governor: Greg Abbott (54.8%) vs Beto O’Rourke (43.8%)

Attorney General: Ken Paxton (53.5%)

Lieutenant Governor: Dan Patrick (53.8%)

Land Commissioner: Dawn Buckingham (56.2%)

Railroad Commissioner: Wayne Christian (55.4%)

Agriculture Commissioner: Sid Miller (56.4%)

Comptroller: Glenn Hegar (56.4%)

Texas Supreme Court Place 3: Debra Lehrmann (53.8%)

Texas Supreme Court Place 5: Rebeca Aizpuru Huddle (54.8%)

Texas Supreme Court Place 9: Evan Young (54.3%)

Texas Senate: 18 Republicans vs 10 Democrats

Texas House: 79 Republicans vs 56 Democrats

U.S. House (Texas): 25 Republicans vs 13 Democrats

According to the Austin American-Statesman, early voting turnouts in Texas were down since the 2018 midterms. Statewide turnout was about 31 %.

“I was surprised,” senior Ryan Lapp said. “It was more of a split than I expected. I think
that’s because a lot of people from the West Coast are here now.”