The Dallas Examiner
Texas is a newcomer to Super Tuesday after years of being an afterthought on the primary calendar, and the rest of the U.S. was keeping close tabs on its debut.
No state had more delegates at stake Tuesday than Texas, according to the Associated Press.
Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders both seemed to wait until the last minute to appeal to Hispanic and Black voters. Unofficially, as of press deadline on Wednesday, Clinton pushed ahead in Texas with 71.45 percent of the votes. Leaving Sanders with 27.83 percent. She also leads the way nationally with 1,034 delegates versus his 406 delegates.
On the Republican side, presidential candidate Ted Cruz needed a big haul on his home turf after middling finishes in South Carolina and Nevada. Texas is the top prize of 12 states holding primaries Tuesday and isn’t winner-take-all, putting pressure on Cruz to win decisively and deny Donald Trump and Marco Rubio as many of the 155 delegates as possible, AP noted.
Unofficially, as of press deadline, Cruz was leading the way in Texas with 35.03 percent of the vote. He was trailed by Rubio with 26.36 percent of the vote and Trump with 24.84 percent. However, nationally, Trump remained ahead, trailed by Cruz. Ben Carson had fallen dead last.
Beyond the presidential contest, the primary ballot also includes other races.
One of the most controversial races has been the race of Dallas county commissioner, precinct No. 3. As of Wednesday morning, Democratic candidate John Wiley Price had a major lead with 53.44 percent of the vote. Dwaine R. Caraway trailed with 23.07 percent, as Cedric W. Davis Sr. and Micah B. Phillips lagged behind with 11.76 percent and 11.73 percent, respectively. Republican candidates S.T. Russell and Kinney Lee Fields split the vote with 51.28 percent and 48.72 percent, respectively.
Democratic candidates Grady Yarbrough had a short lead for Railroad commissioner at 42.71 percent, with Cody Garrett and Lon Burnam trailing at 30.83 percent and 26.45 percent. Republican candidate Gary Gates with 27.55 percent of the vote had a tight lead over Lance N. Christian with 19.51 percent. Five other candidates split the remaining votes, earning between 5 percent and 13 percent.
For U.S. Congressional District 30, Eddie Bernice Johnson took the lead with 69.42 percent of the vote, as of Wednesday morning. Barbara Mallory Caraway took 23.81 percent, leaving 6.76 percent for Brandon J. Vance. Republican candidate Charles Lingerfelt was unopposed.
Congressional District 33 candidates Carlos Quintanilla and Marc Veasey were close, with 51.71 percent and 48.29 percent of the vote, respectively. Republican candidate M. Mark Mitchell had a minor lead with 59.71 percent of the vote over Bruce Chadwick with 40.29 percent.
However, the district is split between a portion of Dallas County and a portion of Tarrant County. In Tarrant County, Veasey pulled out ahead with 74.73 percent of the vote over Quintanilla’s 25.27 percent. The Republican candiates also swapped leads with Chadwick at 56.21 percent and Mitchell at 43.79.
Democratic candidate for state representative of District 110 Toni Rose had 63.68 percent of the vote over Sandra Crenshaw with only 36.32 percent.
Democratic candidate for 254th Judicial District judge Darlene Ewing took on a major lead with 68.53 percent of the votes, as Marty Jo Taylor trailed with 31.47 percent. While Democratic candidate for Criminal District judge, Court No. 2 Nancy Kennedy had 46.60 percent of the vote, leaving Chika Anyiam with 32.60 percent and Marilynn Mayse with the remaining 20.80 percent.
County tax assessor-collector
For County tax assessor-collector, Democratic candidate John R. Ames took the lead with 42.48 percent of the vote, leaving Bennie Elenora Brown, Kristen Smith and Norma Jean Scarso to split the remaining votes.
Propositions on Democratic ballot
• Economic Security: Should the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress pass an economic security and prosperity plan for families that includes higher incomes by raising the state minimum wage to a livable wage, passing the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure equal pay for equal work, guaranteeing paid family leave to care for a child or ill loved one, fully funding public neighborhood schools, and making a debt-free community college education a reality for hardworking students? – 94.17 percent voted “Yes.”
• Fair Criminal Justice System: Should the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress pass criminal justice reform legislation that ensures equal justice throughout our society without respect to race, socioeconomic status, geographic location, or other factors unrelated to behavior, ensuring as well common sense policies to protect the rights of law enforcement officers, the community, and defendants in the criminal justice system? – 94.55 percent voted “Yes.”
• Climate : Should the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress encourage the transition to renewable, non-polluting energy as a means to slow down climate change and its impact on the planet? – 91.67 percent voted “Yes.”
• The Voting Rights Act: Should the United States Congress pass the new Voting Rights Advancement Act to protect all American voters? – 92.05 percent voted “Yes.”
• Campus Carry: Should the Texas Legislature allow each public institution of higher education (not only private universities) to opt out of the ability to carry guns on campus? – 79.39 percent voted “Yes.”
• Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Should the United States Congress pass a just and fair comprehensive immigration reform solution that includes an earned path to citizenship for law-abiding immigrants and their children, keeps families together, protects DREAMers, and provides workforce solutions for businesses? – 88 percent voted “Yes.”
Propositions on Republican ballot
• Texas Property Tax: Texas should replace the property tax system with an alternative other than an income tax and require voter approval to increase the overall tax burden – 64.82 percent voted “Yes.”
• Texas Immigration Laws: Texas cities and counties should be required to comply with federal immigration laws or be penalized by loss of state funds – 64.59 percent voted “Yes.”
• Texas Labor Union Dues: Texas should prohibit governmental entities from collecting dues for labor unions through deductions from public employee paychecks – 82.66 percent voted “Yes.”
• Texas 10th Amendment Rights: Texas and its citizens should strongly assert 10th Amendment Rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution which states “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” – 93.07 percent voted “Yes.”
All results were reported as “unofficial results” according to the Dallas County Elections office and remain unofficial until all reports have been confirmed.