Small Business Candidates Win in Texas Primary

Date: March 02, 2022

Small business won big in Tuesday’s primary election, with a majority of the candidates endorsed by the NFIB Federal or Texas political action committees winning their party’s nomination. Visit the Texas Secretary of State’s office for complete results.

Federal

Twenty of the 21 incumbents endorsed by the NFIB Federal PAC won their primaries for reelection to the U.S. House of Representatives:

District, candidate

2 Dan Crenshaw
4 Pat Fallon
5 Lance Gooden
6 Jake Ellzey
10 Michael McCaul
11 August Pfluger
12 Kay Granger
13 Ronny Jackson
14 Randy Weber
17 Pete Sessions
19 Jodey Arrington
21 Chip Roy
22 Troy Nehls
23 Tony Gonzales
24 Beth Van Duyne
25 Roger Williams
26 Michael Burgess
27 Michael Cloud
31 John Carter
36 Brian Babin

In a five-person race, Van Taylor, who represents the state’s 3rd congressional district, led by a wide margin, but in Texas, you need over 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff. Taylor won 48.7% of the vote on Tuesday, well ahead of second-place Keith Self, with 26.5%. They’ll square off in the runoff election in May.

State

Gov. Greg Abbott easily won the Republican nomination for a third term as Texas governor. He’ll face Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke in November.

There was no clear winner in the Democratic race for lieutenant governor. Wednesday morning, Mike Collier, who had 42% of the vote with 95% of precincts reporting, appeared headed for a runoff with Michelle Beckley, who had 30% of the party’s vote. The winner of that runoff will go up against GOP nominee Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in the general election.

Small business candidates also fared well in state legislative races.

Three of the four candidates nominated by the NFIB Texas PAC for state Senate easily won their party’s nomination. They are Angela Paxton (8th District), Phil King (10th District), and Tan Parker (12th District). The fourth, Pete Flores, led in the 24th District with 46% of the vote. He’ll face second-place finisher Raul Reyes in the May runoff.

Twenty-four of the 30 candidates endorsed in House races secured their party’s nomination in Tuesday’s primary:

District, Candidate (incumbent, unless noted) 

1 Gary VanDeaver  
4 Keith Bell   
5 Cole Hefner  
6 Matt Schaefer  
11 Travis Clardy  
14 John Raney  
15 Steve Toth  
18 Ernest Bailes  
31 Ryan Guillen  
33 Justin Holland  
53 Andrew Murr  
62 Reggie Smith  
64 Lynn Stucky  
65 Kronda Thimesch (open seat)  
67 Jeff Leach  
68 David Spiller  
71 Stan Lambert  
81 Brooks Landgraf  
83 Dustin Burrows  
88 Ken King  
98 Giovanni Capriglione     
132 Mike Schofield  
138 Lacey Hull  
150 Valoree Swanson  

Six state House candidates endorsed by the NFIB Texas PAC — Kyle Kacal (12th District), Glenn Rogers (60th District), Phil Stephenson (85th District), Stephanie Klick (91st District), Laura Hill (93rd District), Adam Blanchard (122nd District) — will try to secure their nomination in the May runoff election.

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