Turnout in primary midterm elections has historically been low, with less than a quarter of registered voters casting ballots most years. The latest preliminary turnout data published by the Texas secretary of state showed that nearly 18% of registered Texas voters cast a vote in the 2022 primaries.
New rules enacted by Republican lawmakers led to the rejection of at least 18,000 Texas mail-in votes because they did not meet the new ID requirements.
Domestic mail-in ballots turned in and postmarked by election day were counted if they arrived as late as 5 p.m. March 3. Military and overseas voters had until March 7 for their mail-in ballots postmarked by election day to arrive. In close races, mail-in votes determined the winner, which delayed calling the race. The certification of final election results was completed by the counties on March 13 and released by the Secretary of State on March 17.
The Texas Tribune’s election data was provided by Decision Desk HQ, which gathers information from the secretary of state’s office and a representative sample of 28 counties. Decision Desk called winners and provided estimates as to how many votes were left to be counted.
About the data
Election results data provided by Decision Desk HQ.
Candidate information from the Texas secretary of state’s office, the Texas Democratic Party, the Republican Party of Texas and Texas Tribune research.
County shapes and city locations provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Road lines provided by Natural Earth.
Contributions by Emily Albracht, Darla Cameron, Chris Essig, Mandi Cai and Alexa Ura.
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Corrections: An earlier version of this page incorrectly identified state House District 23 candidate Terri Leo Wilson as Teresa Leo-Wilson. In addition, from March 2-5, Decision Desk HQ incorrectly projected that the Democratic primary for state House District 92 was going to a runoff. Salman Bhojani won the Democratic nomination outright in that primary.
An earlier version of this page showed candidate James Whitfield going to the runoff in the Democratic primary for State Board of Education District 11. Whitfield ended his campaign after the deadline to be removed from the ballot. Because he is no longer running, the race will not go to a runoff in May.