The Texas 2020 runoff election will determine which Democratic and Republican primary candidates will be on the ballot in November.
The 2020 primary runoffs were originally scheduled for May 26 and were postponed to July 14 because of the pandemic. We’re expecting results to be delayed more than usual, especially because of an expected surge in mail-in ballots. Here's more on what else is different this year.
Current status of election results
The Secretary of State has now released the official vote count for each runoff race. These numbers include all mail-in ballots that arrived after Election Day. However, a recount may still be necessary for the Republican primary runoff in the 23rd Congressional district.
All runoff races
Here’s what’s different this election
These runoffs reflect that in more than 30 races in the March 3 primary, no candidate exceeded 50% of the vote, setting up rematches between the candidates who came in first and second.
The coronavirus pandemic has upended the way results will be coming in. Even though mail-in voting was not expanded for all Texans for this runoff election, we are anticipating a surge in mail-in ballots requests from those who do qualify including people 65 years or older or have a disability or illness. In close races, counting these votes is necessary to determine the winner.
Based on what’s happened in pandemic elections in other states, it’s possible that it will take more time than usual to count the ballots from Texas’ primary runoffs because mail-in ballots need to be counted. In Kentucky last month, it took a week to get the results in a Democratic primary for the U.S. Senate.
We’re posting results as quickly as they’re available. We won’t be calling winners until we get the full vote count with all mail-in ballots counted.
Another thing to keep in mind: because the vote counts we received on Election Night did not include all mail-in ballots accepted after Election Day, the polling locations reporting numbers are misleading. We won’t get full vote counts from every polling location until after the final canvas takes place on July 23.
According to the Secretary of State, they will post the official results as soon as they have received the information from all counties.
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