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If no candidate in a primary election receives a majority of the vote, the top two vote-getters go head-to-head in a runoff in May.
Texas was a big prize for Democratic presidential candidates in 2020. That's because the state has a huge number of delegates that are rewarded on primary night — 228 — and it awards most of them proportionally, meaning more than one candidate could secure some of them. Joe Biden won the primary in a stunning turnaround, but the delegates have yet to be allocated.
The eventual Democratic nominee will face Republican President Donald Trump in the November general election.
Republican President Donald Trump was elected in 2016, and Texas Republican primary voters helped nominate him for a second term. All of Texas’ 155 Republican delegates go to the winner of the primary election. Looking to November, Trump maintained a slight lead over each of the top Democrats in the race, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.
MJ Hegar led the crowded Democratic primary for U.S. Senate in unofficial returns Tuesday night, though it remained unclear whom she would face in a May runoff. The winner will then face Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn in the general election.
Most of these candidates had never been on a statewide ballot in Texas. To help voters make sense of the race, the Tribune asked the top candidates a series of simple questions designed to highlight their political and policy-based differences.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn has held this seat since his 2002 election, and he has become one of the chamber’s most powerful Republicans. He cruised to an easy victory in the primary. Cornyn has never lost an election, and he's trying to convince Texas Republicans that his streak is in jeopardy in 2020. As of January, he had raised $12 million for his reelection bid, far outpacing his Democratic rivals.
About the data
Live election results data provided by the Texas secretary of state’s office.
By Emily Albracht, Darla Cameron, Chris Essig, Mandi Cai and Anna Novak.