2020 Election Results in West Texas

By Public Radio Staff

In addition to the presidential election, West Texans will vote for a U.S. Senator and weigh in on a number of state and local races.

Reporters at Marfa Public Radio are tracking some of the most closely-watched political contests throughout the region. You can find results on contested races below.

President & Congressional Races

The big question on Election Night is if Joe Biden can edge out President Donald Trump in Texas. A Democrat hasn’t won the state since 1976 when Texas voters went for Jimmy Carter.

In the Permian Basin, voters are deciding whether Republican August Pfluger or Democrat Jon Mark Hogg will take over for Mike Conaway, the outgoing representative for Texas’ 11th Congressional District. In the race for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, voters are deciding between Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones and Republican Tony Gonzales to replace Rep. Will Hurd.

Editor’s note: All results are unofficial until certified by the state. These Results were taken from the Secretary of State’s Office and were last updated on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 9:00 A.M. CST.

PresidentDonald Trump (R) 52.31%
Joe Biden (D) 46.27%
U.S. SenateJohn Cornyn (R) 53.81%
M.J. Hegar (D) 43.58%
U.S. House Representative, District 11August Pfluger (R) 79.71%
Jon Mark Hogg (D) 18.3%
Wacy Alpha Cody (L) 
U.S. House Representative, District 23Gina Ortiz Jones (D) 46.51%
Tony Gonzales (R) 50.66%
The floor of the Texas House of Representatives. (GABRIEL CRISTÓVER PÉREZ / KUT)

Statewide

Tonight, state Democrats have a shot at taking control of the Texas House of Representatives—something that hasn’t happened in nearly two decades. In the Texas Senate, Democrat Roland Gutierrez is looking to take back District 19, which they lost in 2018. Before then, Texas Democrats had held onto the seat for over 100 years.

State Senator, Senate District 19Pete Flores (R) 46.57%
Rolando Gutierrez (D) 49.86%
State Senator, Senate District 29Cesar Blanco (D) 67%
Bethany Hatch (R) 33%
State Representative, House District 74Eddie Morales (D)  54.1%
Ruben Falcon (R) 45.9%
Texas Railroad Commissioner James “Jim” Wright (R) 53.27%
Chrysta Castaneda (D) 43.31%
Matt Sterett (L)
Katija “Kat” Gruene (G)
Chief Justice Supreme Court Nathan Hect (R) 53.25%
Amy Clark Meachum (D) 44.24%
Mark Ash (L)
Justice Supreme Court, Place 6Jane Bland (R) 55.49%
Kathy Cheng (D) 44.51%
Justice Supreme Court, Place 7Jeff Boyd (R) 53.61%
Staci Williams (D) 44.04%
William Bryan Strange III (L)
Justice Supreme Court, Place 8Brett Busby (R) 53.57%
Gisela D. Triana (D) 44.09%
Tom Oxford (L)

Brewster County

The most publicized race in Brewster County is the fight to see who will be the county’s sheriff. That race is between incumbent Democrat Ronny D. Dodson and write-in candidate Will Drawe.

The county, which is home to Big Bend National Park, also has multiple County Commissioner races along with a few Marathon ISD school board seats.

Brewster County SheriffRonny D. Dodson 85.77%
Will Drawe 14.2%
County Commissioner, Precinct No.1Jim Westermann (R) 63.75%
Johnny Milan (D) 36.24%
Marathon ISD Trustee, Place 6Jane Gallo
Wylie Dabbs
Steven Aguilar
(Mitch Borden / Marfa Public Radio)

Ector County

Odessans will go to the polls today to elect a new mayor and weigh in on multiple city council seats. The city’s current mayor, David Turner, has already served for eight years, which means he’s reached his term limit.

Three candidates, all of whom have worked in politics, have stepped up to take over for Turner, and Turner himself is running for Odessa’s at-large city council seat.

Odessa MayorDewey Bryant 42.92% *
Javier Joven 39.79%
Gloria G. Apolinario 17.28%
Odessa City Council, District 1Mark Matta 44.5%*
Michael K. Shelton Sr. 19.39%
Tiki Davis 17.68%
Eddie Mitchell 18.43%
Odessa City Council, District 2Steven P. Thompson 54%
Rachel D. Minor 45%
Odessa City Council, At-LargeDavid R. Turner 44.52%*
La-Tasha Gentry 12%
Jo Ann Davenport Littleton 14%
Denise Swanner 29.5%

Correction: Marfa Public Radio incorrectly called the Odessa Mayoral, District 1, and At-Large council races. The City of Odessa’s requires candidates to win a majority of votes cast, if that doesn’t happen a runoff will be required.

Jeff Davis County

Jeff Davis County residents are electing a new county judge after the sudden death of County Judge Kerith Sproul-Hurley in August.

Voters will also cast ballots for a county commissioner race and for sheriff.

County JudgeCurtis Evans (R) 660 votes
Dusty Rhodes (D) 325 votes
County Commissioner, Precinct No. 3John Davis (R) 161 votes
Tim Roberts (D) 80 votes
Sheriff Bill Kitts (R) 578 votes
Robert Garcia (D) 426 votes

Midland County

Midlanders have several elections tonight up for a vote—many will shape the kind of education children and college students will receive in the Tall City.

Four Midland Independent School District Board of Trustees seats are up for grabs. The school district has had a rough year after a $569-million school bond failed last November. More recently, there’s been a contentious fight to rename Robert E. Lee High School and the district’s Superintendent, Orlando Riddick, was ousted after failing to improve academic performances.

Midland ISD Trustee, Precinct 1 James E. Fuller 1,693 votes*
Michael Booker 1,497 votes
Matt Reyes Galindo 1,489 votes
Midland ISD Trustee, Precinct 2Robert Marquez 1,968 votes
Rachel Davis 1,328 votes
Midland ISD Trustee, Precinct 4Steve Vargas 2,082 votes*
Joel Diehl 444 votes
Katie Wallace Joyner 1,860 votes
Midland ISD Trustee, Precinct 7Joseph Gallegos 2,886 votes
Bryan Murry 4,407 votes
Midland College Trustee Place 7Adrian Carrasco 21,863 votes
Will R. Green 11,431 votes
R. Shaun Rainey 10,113 votes
Midland College Trustee Place 8Scott Lynch 32,116 votes
Ralph Way 10,104 votes

*Editors Note: Midland ISD board of trustees are too close to call with a number possibly going to a runoff. Earlier in the night candidates were mislabeled as winners.

During Early Voting, about 32% of registered voters in Presidio County cast ballots. (Carlos Morales / Marfa Public Radio)

Presidio County

Throughout Presidio County, voters are weighing in on several uncontested races, including county attorney and county sheriff. The only competitive races are in the City of Marfa, where residents are electing three at-large city councilmembers.

Additionally, voters within the city’s limits are decided whether or not to approve of Proposition A, which will determine whether the city regains control on electric utility negotiations.

City Councilmember, At-Large*Yoseff Ben-Yehuda: 359 votes
Stephen Boelter: 174 votes
Buck Johnston: 386 votes
Eddie Pallarez: 525 votes
Proposition AFor: 621 votes
Against: 117 votes

*Three at-large seats are currently open on Marfa’s city council. So, only one of the four candidates vying to become a council-member will be denied a seat by voters.

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