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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Here's Your Guide to Bexar County Primary Results

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2016 at 8:26 AM

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All eyes may be on the presidential race, where Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are challenging mainstream contenders, like Hillary Clinton, who won big last night, and Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.

However, there are lots of local races. Here's a breakdown of results for primary elections in Bexar County on Super Tuesday.

We'll start with the Democrats:

Pete Gallego squashed a challenge from Lee Keenen for U.S. Representative, District 23, with nearly 88 percent of the vote compared to just under 13 percent for Keenen.

Henry Cuellar grabbed nearly 79 percent of the vote to win the nomination for U.S. Representative, District 28, compared to challenger William R. Hayward, who received just over 21 percent of the vote.

For State Senator, District 19, Carlos I. Uresti handily defeated Helen Madla with nearly 73 percent of the vote compared to Madla, who garnered just over 27 percent.

In perhaps the most contested primary election on the Democrat side, José Menéndez received nearly 60 percent of the vote to secure the nomination, over Trey Martinez Fischer who closed out the night with close to 41 percent of the vote.

Diana Arevalo (53 percent) beat out Martin Golando (29 percent) and Ruby Resendez (18 percent) to win the nomination for State Representative, District 116. 

Tomas Uresti won the nomination for State Representative, District 118, with roughly 59 percent of the vote compared to Gabe Farias, who received nearly 41 percent.

For State Representative, District 120, which was recently vacated by longtime State. Rep. Ruth McClendon, who is battling illness, Barbara Gervin-Hawkins received the most votes out of a crowded field of six, followed by Mario Salas who grabbed just over 23 percent of the vote. There will be a runoff.

Ina Minjarez (71 percent) handily bear Sergio Contreras (28.5 percent) to win the nomination for State Representative, District 124.

The Democrat primary for Bexar County Sheriff ended in a runoff, with Javier Salazar securing nearly 41.5 percent of the vote compared to Andy Lopez, who garnered just over 30 percent of the vote.

Now for the Republican primary:

Lamar Smith easily defeated three challengers to his nomination for U.S. Representative, District 21, by getting nearly 69 percent of the vote.

Will Hurd easily beat challenger William "Hart" Peterson for U.S. Representative, District 23, with just over 85 percent of the vote.

John Lujan (73 percent) beat Robert A. Casias (27 percent) for the nomination to State Representative, District 118.

In perhaps the ugliest race of the primary, House Speaker Joe Straus (60 percent) fended off an attack by Sheila Bean (11 percent) and Jeff Judson (28.6 percent), who had accused Straus of murder because the state did not pass a bill banning "sanctuary cities."

Lastly, Kevin Wolff (55 percent) secured the nomination for County Commissioner, Precinct No. 3., by outpacing Mike Koerner (31.4 percent), whose campaign amounted to questioning Wolff's military record, and Pamela Lill (13.5 percent).

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