ICYMI: Super Tuesday Results Are In
Precincts were still being counted into the wee early morning hours today and maybe now you've had a couple hours to sleep. There were some big wins for presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. No surprise, Bernie Sanders took Vermont and Ted Cruz won Texas. But wait, surprise! Cruz also won Oklahoma and Marco Rubio won Minnesota.
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With 558 precincts out of 717 counted we take a look at some of Bexar County's most watched races as well as a break down the wins for the presidential candidates.
TX Senate Dist. 19: In Bexar County, with 75 percent of the votes counted, Sen. Carlos Uresti took 74 percent of the vote compared to South San ISD School Board President Helen Madla's 26 percent.
TX Senate Dist. 26: State Sen. Jose Menendez declared victory in his bid to keep his seat in a rematch
race against Trey Martinez Fischer. Menendez carried 59 percent of the vote with 82 percent of the precincts reporting. In February, Menendez won a special election for District 26.
TX House Dist. 116: With 90 percent of the precincts counted, Diana Arevalo was ahead but could still face a runoff with 53 percent of the vote to Martin Golando's 29 percent and Ruby Resendez's 18 percent.
TX House Dist. 118: Democratic candidate Tomas Uresti leads with 59 percent of the vote to Gabe Farias's 41 percent with 68 percent of precincts reporting. The winner will face Republican John Lujan.
TX House Dist. 120: Barbara Gervin-Hawkins will face Mario Salas in a runoff to replace Ruth Jones McClendon who resigned from her position earlier this year. Gervin-Hawkins had 27 percent of the vote with 78 percent of the precincts reporting. Salas held 23 percent of the vote.
TX House Dist. 121: Texas House Speaker Joe Straus declared victory in his runoff race garnering 60 percent of the vote to tea party candidate Jeff Judson's 29 percent with 81 percent of precincts reporting.
According the NPR, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump were the big Super Tuesday winners.
Trump won seven states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Vermont and Virginia
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won his home state and Oklahoma.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio won Minnesota.
Clinton also won seven states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders took home his home state and Colorado and Minnesota.
The last voter to cast a ballot was an 18-year-old woman who was a recent high school graduate and a first-time voter. She reached the voting booth shortly after 10:30 p.m. at Ridgeway Elementary School where some San Antonians had waited for hours to vote. Friends and neighbors cracked jokes to pass the time and someone's dog kept folks company. Complaints included the wait time, a shortage of voting booths at this location and more precincts than the site could handle. Regardless, everyone in line by 7 p.m. was allowed to vote.
Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacquelyne Callanen explained to TPR that some voters were still casting ballots. Voters in line at 7 p.m. when the polls closed are being allowed to vote. A listener told TPR that his wife was still waiting to vote at Ridgeway Elementary School and had been in line for hours. Callanen said at least 18 people were still waiting to vote at another elementary school. She said technical glitches were not to blame. Instead, she credited the high emotions at play in the presidential primary election with a surge in last day voting.
In the State Representative Race, District 118, Tomas Uresti has held on to the lead with 15 of 75 precincts reporting. Uresti won 59 percent of the votes to Gabe Farias's 41 percent. At Uresti's watch party, TPR's Louisa Jonas is reporting the mood is already celebratory. Supporters are congratulating Uresti and they seem confident in the win.
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TPR has learned that voters are still waiting to cast their ballots at some polling locations. Rawlinson Middle School on the city's north side saw its last voter cast her ballot at 9 p.m. -- she had waited in line for 2 hours and 17 minutes.
With 15 of 322 precincts counted, Jose Menendez remains in the lead with 56 percent of the vote to Trey Martinez Fischer's 44 percent of the vote in the race for State Senator, District 26.
Shortly before 8:30 p.m. Joe Straus took to the stage and claimed victory beating out Jeff Judson in a heated and sometimes controversial race for State Representative-District 121.
So far, just one precinct has been counted and vote totals are rolling in slowly across the state. With that in mind, in the race for State Senator, District 26, Jose Menendez (incumbent) has the lead with nearly 55 percent of the vote to Trey Martinez Fischer's 45 percent. In the State Representative race, District 116, Diana Arevalo has the lead with 50 percent over Martin Golando's 32 percent and Ruby Resdenz's 17 percent. In another race for State Representative, District 118, Tomas Uresti leads with nearly 59 percent of the vote to Gabe Farias's 42 percent.
Breaking it down:
Statewide Early Vote:
In another much-watched race for the Democrats, Diana Arevalo took the lead in early voting with 50 percent of the votes compared to Martin Golando's 32 percent and Ruby Resendez's 17 percent in the race for the State Representative-District 116 seat.
Looking at the early voting totals, in one high-interest Republican race, State Representative-District 121, current Speaker of the House Joe Straus took the lead with nearly 60 percent of the vote against opponents Jeff Judson who took nearly 30 percent of the vote and Sheila Bean with just under 10 percent of the vote.
Polls have closed but those already in line will still get to cast his or her vote. Early voter numbers have been released for Bexar County. So far, 117,459 cotes were cast in early voting. Just over 52 percent of those were in the Republican Primary with 47 percent cast in the Democratic Primary. In the presidential campaigns for the Republican Primary, Texas Senator Ted Cruz took the lead in early voting with 36 percent of the vote to Donald Trump's 25. 7 percent and Marco Rubio's 24.9 percent of the vote. In the Democratic Primary, Hillary Clinton took a solid lead in early voting with nearly 70 percent of the vote to Bernie Sanders nearly 30 percent of the vote.
Polls locations for Super Tuesday close at 7 p.m. tonight across South Texas for the presidential primaries, local races and several referendums. Texas Public Radio's news team will be in the studio and with the candidates for Election Night coverage beginning at 7:00 when the early voting results are released. Join us throughout the evening at KSTX 89.1 FM as we broadcast live, and online at tpr.org where we'll update the voting as the numbers roll in.
Some voters experienced difficulties through the day at the polls and took to social media to air their complaints.