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Who won the 2024 state runoff election?

The Texas primary runoff elections took place on Tuesday, featuring some of the toughest races in the entire Lone Star State, with seats in Congress, the state legislature and the state education committee at stake.

State law requires runoff elections for any race in which a single candidate does not receive a majority (50% or more) of the votes cast. The top two candidates in the primary compete in the runoff to determine a clear winner.

Here are some of the most notable election results from across the state. Visit the Texas Secretary of State's website at sos.state.tx.us to see the official results of the May 28 runoff election.

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Results of the Congress

Incumbent Rep. Kay Granger, the longest-serving Republican in the Texas delegation, announced her retirement in March, meaning her seat in the Republican-controlled 12th Congressional District is now completely open. The district is located in North Texas, just west of Dallas and Fort Worth.

Texas Representative Craig Goldman, currently chairman of the Republican Caucus in the Texas House of Representatives, defeated businessman John O'Shea with over 60% of the vote, according to the Associated Press.

U.S. Navy veteran Jay Furman defeated rancher Lazaro Garza in the 28th Congressional District, representing a district stretching from San Antonio to Laredo in South Texas. Furman won with over 65% of the vote, according to the Associated Press. He will face incumbent U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, a Democrat who, along with his wife Imelda, is facing charges of bribery and money laundering.

Results of state legislation

In seven state legislative elections, challengers in primaries have ousted incumbent candidates. In Houston, that's House District 146 candidate Lauren Ashley Simmons, a 36-year-old labor leader and openly queer woman, who defeated incumbent Democratic Rep. Shawn Thierry. Thierry, a 54-year-old lawyer and four-term legislator, lost re-election after crossing party lines to support anti-LGBTQ policies, including a ban on gender-affirming care for transgender children.

Simmons will face Republican Lance York in the general election in November.

In the 21st House District, which stretches across a vertical strip from Jasper to the Gulf Coast in southeast Texas, Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan faced stiff competition for his seat from David Covey, who is currently an oil and gas consultant and was formerly chairman of the Orange County Republican Party.

Phelan, who faces opposition within his party, has been labeled a RINO (Republican in Name Only). He served two terms as House speaker and abstained from voting on a school voucher bill sponsored by Texas Governor Greg Abbott that ultimately failed to pass in 2023. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton endorsed Covey, who also received an endorsement from former President Donald Trump.

Nevertheless, Phelan managed to secure a majority in the runoff election, receiving 50.7% of the vote.

“Tonight, I am deeply grateful to the voters of Southeast Texas who spoke loudly and clearly: In Southeast Texas, we chart our own course – our community is not for sale and our values ​​will not be auctioned off,” Phelan said, according to a report in the Austin American-Statesman. “I am deeply grateful to every voter and volunteer whose tireless efforts turned that vision into tonight's resounding victory.”

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Results of the school office

Republican incumbent Tom Maynard retained his seat on the 10th District State Board of Education, where he currently represents a large portion of Central Texas. Maynard, a former agricultural science teacher, has served on the board since 2012. He defeated Round Rock School District member Mary Bone with 51.8% of the vote.

In North Texas, 12th District incumbent Pam Little defeated her primary challenger, Jamie Kohlmann, with 51% of the vote. Little, a former community college lecturer and textbooks expert, ran against Kohlmann, a real estate agent and former education analyst at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation.

Maya Homan is USA TODAY's 2024 elections reporter, focusing on Georgia politics. She is @MayaHoman on X, formerly Twitter.

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