One Senate seat is up for election in Texas, held by a Republican incumbent. Voters will also choose representatives for 36 House seats, 11 of which are held by Democrats and 25 by Republicans. And they will select a governor, an office currently held by a Republican. See Texas’s primary results.
Two years after he clashed with Donald Trump on the presidential campaign trail, conservative Sen. Ted Cruz (R) is running for a second term. His challenger, Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D), has attracted national attention and received record-breaking fundraising, but those things may not be enough to put him over the top in traditionally Republican Texas. Democrats haven't won statewide there in 24 years
How the vote has swung from 2016, so far
Margin in the 2018 Senate race for counties that went for Clinton or Trump in the 2016 general election, and the number of precincts reporting in those counties overall.
For counties with at least 10% of precincts reporting, this is how far the vote in the Senate race has shifted towards Democrats or Republicans, compared to 2016.
Going into this election, Texas had 11 Democratic representatives and 25 Republican representatives. Here’s how each district leans politically, based on how it voted in the 2016 presidential election, with 2018 results as they come in.
In 2016, Clinton won this district by 1.4 points and John Culberson (R) won by 12.3.
Rep. John Culberson (R) has represented this suburban Houston district since 2001. Lizzie Pannill Fletcher emerged from a bitter Democratic primary to challenge him. It's the kind of well-educated district that Democrats are hoping to turn blue this cycle.
In 2016, Clinton won this district by 3.5 points and Will Hurd (R) won by 1.3.
This border district is represented by Rep. Will Hurd (R), who has worked to distinguish himself from President Trump and the rest of his party. He's a former CIA officer, and his challenger, Democrat Gina Ortiz Jones, is a former Air Force intelligence officer.
As heads of their state’s election offices, these officials -- who tend to be relatively unknown compared to other statewide officials -- are in charge of making sure their state’s election runs smoothly.