Republican voters in Democrat-dominated Dallas County saw few contested races on the ballot when they went to the polls to vote in the March 3 primary election.

Just a handful of congressional and state House races offered voters a choice of more than one GOP candidate.

In Texas House District 102, former State Rep. Linda Koop bested Rick Walker with 77 percent of the vote and will challenge State Rep. Ana-Maria Ramos (D–Richardson) in the November 3 general election. Ramos ousted Koop from the seat in 2018’s “blue wave” election.

In House District 103, Jerry Fortenberry II won with 53 percent of the vote over Sherry Lee Mecom. Fortenberry will face seven-term incumbent State Rep. Rafael Anchia (D–Dallas) in November.

Three congressional races were up for grabs.

First-term U.S. Rep. Lance Gooden easily beat primary challenger Don Hill with 84 percent of the vote and is expected to hold his 5th Congressional District seat against Democrat Carolyn Salter in the general election.

Former Irving mayor and Trump administration official Beth Van Duyne won 64 percent of the vote in a five-way contest for the open 24th Congressional District seat vacated by retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Kenny Marchant. Van Duyne will be on the November ballot with the winner of a Democrat primary runoff, either Kim Olson or Candace Valenzuela.

Dallas businesswoman Genevieve Collins topped four other primary candidates to win the GOP nomination for the 32nd Congressional District with 53 percent of the vote. Collins will face first-term Democrat U.S. Rep. Colin Allred in November.

At the top of the Republican ticket, President Donald Trump easily swept the state and county, as did U.S. Senator John Cornyn.

In two other contested statewide races on the ballot, incumbent Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton lost to challenger Jim Wright, and Criminal Court of Appeals, Place 3 Judge Bert Richardson bested challenger Gina Parker.

Below are unofficial results from races in the county. An asterisk denotes an incumbent. “TFR” indicates a candidate endorsed by Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.

Dallas County

  • Sheriff – Chad Prda (unopposed)
  • County Commissioner, Precinct 1 – Patrick Harden (unopposed)
  • County Commissioner, Precinct 3 – S.T. Russell (unopposed)

District Judges

  • 14th Judicial District – Jessica Voyce Lewis (unopposed)
  • 95th Judicial District – Mike Lee (unopposed)
  • 162nd Judicial District – Jordan Montgomery Lewis (unopposed)
  • 254th Judicial District – Ashley Wysocki* (unopposed)

5th Court of Appeals Justices

  • Place 3 – David Evans (unopposed)
  • Place 6 – David Bridges* (unopposed)
  • Place 8 – Bill Whitehill* (unopposed)

Texas House of Representatives

  • District 102 – Linda Koop (76.82%), Rick Walker (23.18%)
  • District 103 – Jerry Fortenberry II (53.36%), Sherry Lee Mecom (46.64%)
  • District 105 – Gerson Hernandez (unopposed)
  • District 107 – Samuel Smith (unopposed)
  • District 108 – Morgan Meyer* (unopposed)
  • District 109 – Eugene Allen (unopposed)
  • District 112 – Angie Chen Button* (unopposed)
  • District 114 – Luisa Del Rosal (unopposed)
  • District 115 – Karyn Brownlee (unopposed)

U.S. House of Representatives

  • District 5 – Lance Gooden* [TFR] (83.57%), Don Hill (16.43%)
  • District 24 – Beth Van Duyne (64.27%), David Fegan (20.68%), Desi Maes (5.76%), Sunny Chaparala (5.65%), Jeron Liverman (3.64%)
  • District 30 – Tre Pennie (unopposed)
  • District 32 – Genevieve Collins (52.63%), Floyd McLendon (34.16%), Jon Hollis (4.46%), Jeff Tokar (4.4%), Mark Sackett (4.36%)

Texas Republicans also approved all 10 nonbinding policy preference propositions on the primary ballot.

The general election takes place on November 3, 2020.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.


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