Primary voters tap Becerra, Johnson, Moreno

Based on early returns Tuesday evening, incumbent Maggie Hernandez Moreno will be the Democratic candidate for Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Place 2, Ruben Becerra will be the Democratic nominee for county judge, and Chris Johnson will be the Republican candidate for County Court-at-Law No. 2.

Runoff date is May 22 for Democrats, Republicans

Based on early returns, Ruben Becerra will be the Democratic nominee for county judge, incumbent Maggie Hernandez Moreno will be the Democratic candidate for Justice of the Peace Precinct 1, Place 2, and Chris Johnson will be the Republican candidate for County Court-at-Law No. 2.

At 8:29 p.m. Tuesday, with 9 of 49 precincts reporting, Becerra had 69 percent of the vote while his opponent, Abel Velasquez, had almost 31 percent. Similarly, Moreno had 67 percent of the vote compared to Lisa Hernandez DeLeon’s 33 percent. In the Republican primary, Johnson had 60 percent of the vote compared to David Glickler’s 39 percent. Becerra will face Will Conley, who ran unopposed among Republicans, for the county judge seat in November.

In other elections, incumbent Hays County Republican Party Chair Russell Hayter fended off challenger Griffin Spell to retain his position. Donna Haschke came out ahead of Rodrigo Amaya in the race for the Hays County Democratic Party Chair.

Both parties also had a number of propositions on their primary ballots. All of the Democratic propositions passed with 90 percent or more of voters’ approval. The Republicans’ propositions had more mixed approval, with many getting approval ratings in the 80s and some as low as in the 60s, but all the propositions passed.

In national and statewide races, Hays County Republicans seemed to favor the incumbents, with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and State Sen. District 25 Donna Campbell leading in their races. In the crowded race for U.S. House of Representatives District 21 — a seat currently held by Lamar Smith — former State Rep. District 45 Jason Isaac was the most popular Republican candidate in Hays County, but Chip Roy led among Republicans statewide, based on early returns. (Ken Strange was well ahead of his four competitors locally and statewide in the race for Isaac’s spot in the House.)

Democrats in Hays County —- and across the state — heavily favored Beto O’Rourke in the race to compete against Cruz in November. Gubernatorial candidate Lupe Valdez held a slight lead over Andrew White among Hays County voters and a wider lead across the state. Among the Democrats vying for U.S. House of Representatives District 21, Hays County Democrats favored Mary Street Wilson, while Joseph Kopser led statewide in early returns.

Early voting turnout alone for the Texas primaries broke previous records. Locally, 5,980 voters cast their ballots early in the Republican primary, and 5,370 people voted early in the Democratic primary.

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