Hunt County, Statewide, 2018 Midterm Election Recap

Tyler McDonough, Sr. Sports Reporter

I Voted Today sticker following Hunt County Voters casting their ballot for the 2018 Mid-Term Election | Photo by Tyler McDonough

By Tyler McDonough | Sr. Sports Reporter

In one of the most watched United States midterm elections, incumbents across the state of Texas did very well, with many seats being up for election statewide and locally, including names such as Gov. Greg Abbott and Rep. John Ratcliffe.

One of the most-watched races across the nation featured Democratic challenger Congressman Beto O’Rourke from El Paso and incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz from Houston. O’Rourke took an early lead in the evening, but Cruz eventually pulled away as the night went on as he won the state 51% to 48.3% and nearly 240,000 total votes.

Republicans from Hunt County had a very productive night, with only one race being close as the Hunt County Commissioner Precinct 4 was up for grabs between Republican Steven M. Harrison and Democrat Allen Martin. Out of the 5,322 total votes casted, Harrison only won by 464 votes, receiving 2,893 of the votes, while Martin received 2,429 total votes.

In the United States House of Representatives District 4, incumbent Republican John Ratcliffe defeated Democratic challenger Catherine Krantz, taking 188,003 total statewide votes opposite of Krantz’s 57,209 total votes. In Hunt County, Ratcliffe took 21,243 votes with Krantz taking home 6,328 votes.

In other Hunt County news, former Commerce police chief Kerry Crews (R) defeated Independent Carol Davis for Hunt County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 taking home 73.8 percent of the votes.

In other statewide news, incumbent Republican Gov. Greg Abbott defeated Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez 55.9 percent to 42 percent. In Hunt County, Abbott took home 22,055 votes, while Valdez took home 5,940. Incumbent Republican Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick defeated Democratic challenger Mike Collier 51.3 percent to 46.4 percent. Incumbent Republican Ken Paxton defeated Democratic challenger Justin Nelson 50.6 percent to 47.0 percent.

For the first time in United States history over 100 women have been elected to the House of Representatives. Votes are still coming in to confirm that number, but if it stands it will beat the previous record of 85 women who held a seat in the chamber.