Republicans Win Statewide Races, Democrats Sweep Dallas County Races

Nearly 625,410 voters cast their ballots in Dallas County Nov. 8. Statewide, while Democratic challengers failed to beat incumbent Republicans in the marquee races for governor, lieutenant governor, and attorney general, Dallas County’s leadership appears likely to become more Democratic.

Incumbent Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins brushed off a challenge from Lauren Davis with 63% of the vote (386,089 votes) to Davis’ 37% (231,253 votes) in unofficial totals with all but two vote centers reporting.  

“Thank you, Dallas County County,” Jenkins said. “Your support and encouragement to me and my family – not just in this election, but over the last three years, has been tremendous.”

Davis also reacted to the unofficial results. 

“​​Though we are down in votes and awaiting official results, this race will end with me finishing with my best and from a position of strength,” she said. “With that said, I am determined, I am committed, and I am hopeful.”

Joining Jenkins on the commissioners court will be lawyer Andrew Sommerman, who beat incumbent J.J. Koch, the court’s lone Republican, with 53% of the vote (108,000 total votes) to Koch’s 47% (96,256 votes). 

“Thank you Dallas County Commissioner District 2 for electing me to serve as your next Commissioner. I cannot wait to get to work with you and for you,” Sommerman said. “I campaigned on the promise of common-sense leadership, standing up for people, and getting things done to make Dallas County a better place.”

“While I am incredibly saddened by the results, I also sit here this morning overwhelmed with gratitude for this incredible experience and the amazing people and communities that have been a part of it,” Koch wrote. “Aside from my family, my tenure as Dallas County Commissioner has been my greatest privilege and joy.”

Incumbent District Attorney John Creuzot also fended off challenger Faith Johnson with 59% of the vote (365,644 votes) to Johnson’s 41% (249,467 votes).

State Rep. Morgan Meyer fended off a challenge from Democrat Elizabeth Ginsberg in House District 108 with 57% of the vote (49,436 votes) to Ginsberg’s 43% (38,010 votes).

“Thank you, HD 108! It’s an honor to represent our community and we’re ready to continue our work on behalf of all of you,” Meyer said. 

“Congratulations to Representative Morgan Meyer on his win yesterday. While I am disappointed in the results from last night, it has been the greatest honor to be the Democratic nominee for House District 108,” Ginsberg wrote. “I always viewed this as our race rather than my race.”

In House District 114, Democrat John Bryant beat Republican Sarah Lamb with 66% of the vote (36,761 total votes) to Lamb’s 34% (18,960 votes). 

“Thank you House District 114! I look forward to representing you in Austin!” Bryant wrote. 

“Last night did not go as we had hoped, but we knew it would be a tough race going in,” Lamb said.”

In congressional races, U.S. Rep. Colin Allred beat Republican challenger Antonio Swad with 65% of the vote (115,350 votes) to Swad’s 35% (61,232 votes).

“I am honored and humbled to again be re-elected to the 32nd District,” Allred wrote. “I was born and raised in North Texas, this is my home, and it is where Aly and I are raising our two sons.”

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Beth Van Duyne beat Democrat Jan McDowell in District 24 with 60% (177,121) of the vote to McDowell’s 40% (119,097 total votes). 

“Grateful to North Texans for continuing to place their faith in me to stand for conservative solutions to empower our people and secure the future of our country,” Van Duyne wrote.

“While I am breathing a sigh of relief today, based on election results from around the country, I am certainly disappointed with the District 24 results,” McDowell said. 

In District 30, Democrat Jasmine Crockett will replace Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, having won 75% of the vote (134,011 votes) to Republican James Rodgers’ 22% (39,022 votes).

“​​In less than two months, I’m stepping up to the plate to serve as #TX30’s next Congresswoman,” Crockett wrote. 

“I would like to congratulate Representative-elect Jasmine Crocket on her victory. Whatever the final numbers, she has earned an emphatic endorsement from the voters of District 30!” Rodgers said. 

Rachel Snyder

Rachel Snyder, deputy editor at People Newspapers, joined the staff in 2019, returning to her native Dallas-Fort Worth after starting her career at community newspapers in Oklahoma. One of her stories won first place in its category in the Oklahoma Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in 2018. She’s a fan of puns and community journalism, not necessarily in that order. You can reach her at [email protected]

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