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2018 Texas midterm election: Outcomes for Texas Home races

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Democrats have picked up a handful of GOP Texas Home seats in North Texas, together with Julie Johnson’s high-profile defeat of state Rep. Matt Rinaldi, R-Irving. If the pattern continues, the decrease chamber’s 95-55 cut up between the GOP and Democrats may slender.

Many of the tightest races are in Dallas County, the place shifting demographics, together with Democratic enthusiasm for the highest of their occasion’s ticket, have positioned some GOP incumbents up and down the poll this yr on the protection — significantly these representing districts that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton gained in 2016.

State Rep. Rodney Anderson of Grand Prairie fell to Democrat Terry Meza, whereas Democrat Ana-Maria Ramos defeated incumbent state Rep. Linda Koop of Dallas. In the meantime, GOP state Rep. Morgan Meyer of Dallas was locked in a useless warmth together with his Democratic opponent, Joanna Cattanach.

And in one of many extra shocking defeats of the night time, state Rep. Ron Simmons, a Carrollton Republican who authored a model of the “lavatory invoice” in 2017, was ousted by Democrat Michelle Beckley.

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Not less than two North Texas incumbents gained their re-election bids: State Reps. Angie Chen Button, R-Richardson, and Victoria Neave, a Dallas Democrat who held a double-digit lead over Republican Deanna Metzger. GOP-aligned teams focused Neave this cycle, hoping they might flip her district again of their favor.

Democrats additionally picked up two open seats and have been main in one other: Democrat Rhetta Bowers defeated Republican Jonathan Boos within the race for the seat being vacated by outgoing state Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, and Democrat John Turner edged Republican Lisa Luby Ryan for the seat held by outgoing state Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas. Democrat James Talarico was main Republican Cynthia Flores to succeed former state Rep. Larry Gonzales, R-Spherical Rock.

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In Central Texas, state Rep. Paul Workman, R-Austin, fell to Democrat Vikki Goodwin. And in close by Williamson County, Democrat John Bucy III was main state Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park.

Within the Houston suburbs, state Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West College Place, defeated Democrat Allison Lami Sawyer. Davis, a centrist, pro-abortion rights Republican, survived a heavy-handed try by Gov. Greg Abbott to unseat her within the March primaries.

In the meantime, state Rep. Dwayne Bohac, R-Houston, is in a useless warmth with Democrat Adam Milasincic in District 138.

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