M.J. Hegar beats Royce West in runoff race

Mary 'M.J.' Hegar beat Royce West in the Democratic primary runoff for the U.S. Senate nomination. Photo from mjfortexas.com

Highland Lakes voters cast their ballots July 14 in the Democratic and Republican primary runoffs. Winners now advance to the November 3 ballot.

The runoff elections were delayed from May 26 due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns, and more mail-in ballots than usual are anticipated to count toward the final tally, though they have yet to be included in the July 14 numbers. 

In the Democratic runoff for the U.S. Senate nomination, Mary “M.J.” Hegar beat Royce West, 52.1 percent to 47.9 percent. Hegar has declared victory and will ultimately face incumbent GOP Sen. John Cornyn in November.

VOTES BY COUNTY

Burnet County

Hegar 864, West 150

Llano County

Hegar 598, West 107

In the Democratic primary for railroad commissioner, Chrysta Castañeda beat Roberto “Beto” Alonzo, 62 percent to 38 percent. 

VOTES BY COUNTY

Burnet County

Castañeda 693, Alonzo 299

Llano County

Castañeda 521, Alonzo 151

In Llano County, GOP voters cast ballots in two runoff races.

Debra “Deb” Edwards won the Precinct 3 justice of the peace nomination with 62.61 percent of the vote over Dorothy “Dot” Wooten, who received 37.39 percent. 

Lani Popp won the State Board of Education District 5 nomination with 77.9 percent of the vote statewide over Robert Morrow with 22.1 percent. 

Llano County voters favored Popp over Morrow, 1,462 votes to 327. 

Mail-in ballots that arrive by 5 p.m. July 15 will be counted in final vote totals

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