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Here’s What Happened in the Texas Runoff Elections

U.S.Here’s What Happened in the Texas Runoff Elections

Texans voted in runoff elections on Tuesday for a number of offices, with establishment candidates emerging victorious from two House Republican primaries, and the speaker of the State House narrowly surviving an insurgent challenge from a Trump-backed Republican.

Here’s what happened:

Representative Tony Gonzales, a Republican who recently called some far-right members of his party “scumbags,” barely survived a challenge from his right after being forced into a runoff. He fended off his primary opponent, Brandon Herrera, a gun rights activist, by roughly 400 votes.

Mr. Herrera had received less than 25 percent of the vote in an earlier five-person primary, but then surged to 49 percent in the runoff on Tuesday.

Mr. Gonzales was first elected in 2020 to represent a swing district along the border, but the seat was made more solidly Republican through redistricting. And Mr. Gonzales has bucked the party line on some issues: He voted for bipartisan gun control legislation after the massacre at a school in Uvalde, Texas, and for a gay marriage bill. He also once opposed hard-line immigration policies, and the Texas Republican Party censured him — but he has since shifted toward them.

Mr. Herrera, a YouTuber who calls himself “the AK guy” after the AK-47 rifle, had consolidated much of the vote that went to multiple right-wing candidates who opposed Mr. Gonzales in the first round. He had also been endorsed by Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida and other members of the House Freedom Caucus.

But House Republican leaders stuck by Mr. Gonzales, and their support may have in part rescued Mr. Gonzales in a race that hung by a knife’s edge into early Wednesday morning.


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