Romney wins Texas primary; race continues for U.S. Senate

By Marilyn Tennissen | May 29, 2012


As of 9 p.m., former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is stomping his competitors by earning 71 percent of Texas votes in the Republican presidential primary. Romney has received 327,710 votes.

Although only about 2 percent of the results are in, it's likely Romney will keep at least 50.1 percent of the total votes he needs to garner the Texas delegates. The win in Texas will give him more than 1,144 delegates and make him the Republican nominee.

Congressman Ron Paul earned 44,290 votes, or 9.7 percent; Rick Santorum received 34,240 votes, or 7.5 percent; and Newt Gingrich received 20,870 votes, or 4.5 percent.

In the Democratic primary, President Barack Obama earned 180,840 votes or 88.6 percent.

However it's too early to call the Republican race for U.S. Senate. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst has received 207,299 votes, almost double those received by his nearest competitor, former Solicitor General Ted Cruz, who has received 126,743 votes. But with a crowded field, Dewhurst's lead translates to only 47 percent of the votes cast. He needs more than 50 percent.

Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert received 71,345 votes or 16.2 percent; sports commentator and former professional football player Craig James earned 17,348 or 3.9 percent; and Glenn Addison earned 7,049 votes or 1.6 percent.

It looks like two of the three Republican incumbents up for reelection on the Texas Supreme Court will move on to the general election. Place 2 Justice Don Willett earned 209,199 votes, or 58.4 percent.

In Place 6, Justice Nathan Hecht was unopposed on the Republican ticket. He received 100 percent of the 313,893 votes cast. He will face Democrat Michelle Petty in November. Petty, also unopposed, earned 100 percent of the 148,893 Democratic votes cast.

But a runoff is in store for Place 4 on the high court, with Justice David Medina earning 137,337 votes or 39.1 percent, while Jpe Poole has 111,241 votes or 31.7 percent and John Devine received 102,320 votes or 29.2 percent.

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