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Texas Voters Narrow The Field

Some fall congressional matchups won't be decided until an April 14 runoff, though

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WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, March 11) -- In 1998's first primary, Texas voters went to the polls Tuesday, but some November congressional matchups won't be decided until runoff elections next month.

At the top of the Texas ballot there was no suspense, as Gov. George W. Bush demolished his token GOP opponent, Round Rock businessman R.C. Crawford, with 96.6 percent of the vote. Bush, mentioned as a possible presidential contender in 2000, will face Democrat Gary Mauro in the fall.

But there were some lively congressional primary races, especially in San Antonio's 20th district, where veteran Democrat Henry B. Gonzalez plans to retire.

The lawmaker's son, Charles Gonzalez, captured 43.9 percent of the vote to 22.3 percent for former San Antonio City Council member Maria Antonietta Berriozabal. But with no one getting a majority, Gonzalez and Berriozabal will meet in the April 14 primary. On the Republican side, James Walker easily beat John Shull, though the San Antonio district is considered a Democratic stronghold.

This fall, several first-term members of Congress from Texas could be in a fight to retain their seats. In the 14th District, in rural southeastern Texas, Democrats have targeted Rep. Ron Paul, who beat incumbent Greg Laughlin in 1996. Democrats Loy Sneary, a former judge, and auto dealer Tom Reed finished 1-2 in the Democratic primary and will compete in next month's runoff. Paul was unopposed in the primary.

In the 9th District, Republicans are out to unseat freshman Rep. Nick Lampson, who two years ago beat one-term Rep. Steve Stockman. In next month's runoff, insurance executive and GOP activist Tom Cottar and lumber businessman Adonn Slone will face off for the chance to run against Lampson in the fall. Lampson was unopposed in the primary.

Also looking to the fall, in Dallas' 5th District, freshman Republican Pete Sessions could face a spirited challenge from Victor Morales, the school teacher who unsuccessfully ran against Sen. Phil Gramm in 1996. Morales easily beat his Democratic primary opponent, William A. Foster III.

Here are some of the results; you can go to our Congressional Quarterly chart for all the numbers:

U. S. Representative District 20
Democrats Vote Total % of Vote
Maria Antonietta Berriozabal
Armando Falcon
Richard Garcia
Charlie Gonzalez
Christine Hernandez
Walter Martinez
Steve Walker
4,809
1,572
344
9,481
2,730
2,108
529
22.3%
7.3%
1.6%
43.9%
12.7%
9.8%
2.5%
Vote Total 21,573
Precincts Reporting 271 of 271 Precincts

Republicans Vote Total % of Vote
John Shull
James Walker
3,384
5,728
37.1%
62.9%
Vote Total 9,112
Precincts Reporting 271 of 271 Precincts

U. S. Representative District 14 -- Democratic
Vote Total % of Vote
Margaret Dunn
Roger M. Elliott
Tom Reed
Loy Sneary
11,075
3,923
12,121
18,144
24.5%
8.7%
26.8%
40.1%
Vote Total 45,263
Precincts Reporting 399 of 399 Precincts

U. S. Representative District 9 -- Republican
Vote Total % of Vote
Don Beagle
Tom Cottar
Onzelo Markum
Adonn Slone
1,944
5,451
2,048
12,617
16.1%
45.2%
17.0%
21.7%
Vote Total 12,060
Precincts Reporting 217 of 217 Precincts
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