11:20pm: Early results…Biden closes gap with Sanders

by | Mar 3, 2020 | 2020 Elections, Politics

With a third of polling locations reporting, former Vice President Joe Biden is closing the gap with Sen. Bernie Sanders in Texas.

Both candidates are tied neck and neck with 27 percent of the vote and 80 percent of counties reporting in.

So far, Biden appears to be winning Harris and Dallas County, while Sanders appears to be winning Travis, Bexar and Tarrant County.

Meanwhile, Mike Bloomberg holds 19 percent, putting him on track to be viable for delegates in the state — although the AP reports he may be reassessing his campaign after disappointing results.

Warren so far has 11 percent of the vote in the state.

10:55pm: Bloomberg to announce tomorrow if he’s getting out of the race, per AP

Bloomberg’s team confirmed to the Associated Press he is reassessing his efforts on Wednesday. 

In Texas, so far — results continue coming in—the former New York City mayor is running third. As of 10:15 pm central time, he has won only American Somoa. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have racked up wins across the country. 

As CNN reported earlier tonight, Bloomberg lowered expectations but underscored his success in three-plus months in the campaign. 

10:23 pm: In expected runoff, Hegar keeps lead but second place is a tossup

With almost a quarter of voting locations across the state reporting in, U.S. Senate candidate MJ Hegar is maintaining her clear lead in a primary that will almost certainly head to a runoff. 

“We are walking into the runoff in the strongest possible position thanks to the army of people across the state who have come together and all put an oar in the water and pulled in the same direction,” Hegar told supporters around 10 p.m., when about 70 percent of counties in the state had reported results.

In her short speech to supporters at a watch party, she promised to fight Sen. John Cornyn on healthcare, reproductive rights and climate change.

”You’re time is done,” Hegar said, referring to Cornyn. “Because you’ve sold us out. We’ve given you plenty of time, and it’s over. You’re fired, pack it up buttercup.”

So far, it’s still too close to call which other candidate will face off against Hegar in the runoff set for May 26. Houston City Councilwoman Amanda Edwards, progressive activist Cristina Tzintzún Ramirez, and State Sen. Royce West are all polling closely together. 

9:40 pm: Gina Ortiz Jones in the lead in San Antonio-to-El Paso district

Early results show Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones with 70 percent of the vote in a crowded primary. No other candidate has received enough votes to reach double-digits. 

Jones, who credits her nail-biting run in 2018 as the reason for Rep. Will Hurd retirement — she came within half of a percent of beating Hurd — would be facing off against a very vulnerable Republican in November.  

Campaign finance reports show Jones is out-raising the next closest Republican opponent 15 to 1. 

Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, which stretches from San Antonio and follows the U.S.-Mexico border all the way to outside El Paso, is easily the most imperiled Republican district in the state. 

“Texans are ready for new leadership in Washington & I’m ready to serve,” Gina Ortiz Jones, wrote on Twitter last year. “Here in [TX23], prescription drug costs are still too high, we can do more to support our service members…& we need to stand up to the reckless policies coming out of Washington, D.C.”

9:03 pm: Legendary progressive Wendy Davis comfortably leads early results

Congressional candidate Wendy Davis appears to be on a safe trajectory in her San Antonio-Austin district to take on Republican Chip Roy in November. 

Early results show Davis beating Jennie Lou Leeder by 70 percentage points with 5,624 votes reported so far.

Davis is best known for her thirteen-hour-long filibuster that attempted to block an anti-abortion bill during her time in the statehouse, her run for governor, and Deeds Not Words, a nonprofit for young women she founded that trains and encourages civic engagement.

On the campaign trail, she’s attacked Roy’s lengthy record of ignoring issues like healthcare, climate change and gun control. In 2018, Roy won re-election by less than three percentage points, making his district one of the most vulnerable to a Democrat takeover. 

Even more troubling for Roy, Davis demolished the incumbent congressman in fourth quarter fundraising last year (and the third quarter). The latest campaign finance report shows both have roughly $1.3 million cash on hand.

8:00 pm: Early results: Bernie takes lead in Texas, Hegar far ahead in Senate race

Early results show Sen. Bernie Sanders has taken a small lead in Texas. 

With a quarter of counties reporting in, Sanders holds 28 percent of the vote, followed by Joe Biden with 23 percent and Mike Bloomberg 20 percent.

In the U.S. Senate race, MJ Hegar is dominating the field with 27 percent of the vote. The next closest candidate is State. Sen. Royce West with 16 percent. The race appears headed to a runoff, although the second place spot is too close to call.

Photo: John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe via Getty Image and Mario Tama/Getty Images

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