Tarrant County’s congressional incumbents easily won their re-election bids late Tuesday, sending the six-member delegation back to Washington, D.C. unchanged.
The local delegation of five Republicans and one Democrat handily fended off challenges. But many kept a close eye on the most competitive congressional race in Texas — the 23rd District, which stretches from El Paso to San Antonio.
In that race, Republican Rep. Will Hurd of San Antonio was in a re-election bid against former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, whom he bested two years ago in the race for this post. The two remained in a tight battle much of the night. Hurd had 48.46 percent to Gallego’s 46.8 percent and Libertarian Ruben S. Corvalan’s 4.76 percent, according to unofficial returns showing 99.9 percent of the vote tallied.
The race for the 23rd District became one of the most costly congressional races across the country and the most expensive one in Texas, as the two candidates combined spent nearly $13 million on television ads.
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Here’s a look at the local congressional races late Tuesday, according to incomplete, unofficial results from the Texas secretary of state’s office.
Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, claimed a lead in the race, with 58 percent, to Democrat Ruby Woolridge’s 39 percent and Green Party’s Darrel Smith Jr.’s 2 percent, with more than 99 percent of the vote reported.
“I cannot begin to express my gratitude to the people of the 6th District of Texas for allowing me the opportunity to continue as their voice in Washington,” Barton said in a statement. “As I enter my 17th term in Congress, I will do my very best to move America in a conservative direction over the next two years. I will maintain district offices to serve all of you, and will continue to proactively reach out to you in Texas. Please know that my doors are always open, and my staff and I welcome you to visit and express your concerns.”
Barton has represented the district, which includes most of Arlington and Mansfield and all of Ellis and Navarro counties, since 1985.
Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, picked up 69.4 percent of the vote to 26.8 percent for Democrat Bill Bradshaw and 3.7 percent for Libertarian Ed Colliver, with 99.8 percent of the vote tallied.
Granger, a former teacher and insurance agent, was first elected to the House in 1997. The district includes parts of Tarrant, Wise and Parker counties.
Rep. Kenny Marchant, R-Coppell, drew 56 percent of the vote to 39 percent for Democrat Jan McDowell, 3 percent for Libertarian Mike Kolls and 1 percent for Green Party candidate Kevin McCormick, with 99 percent of the vote reported.
Marchant, a real estate developer and investor, was elected to the House in 2004. His district stretches from far east Fort Worth to Southlake and The Colony and includes parts of Tarrant, Dallas and Denton counties.
Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, garnered 58 percent of the vote to Democrat Kathi Thomas’ 37.6 percent and Libertarian Loren Marc Schneiderman’s 3.9 percent, with 99 percent of the vote counted.
Williams, a former Texas secretary of state and car dealer, has represented this district, which stretches from the edges of Tarrant County to Austin since 2012.
Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Pilot Point, easily bested Democrat Eric Mauck and Libertarian Mark Boler. Burgess, an obstetrician who first claimed the seat in 2002, drew 66 percent of the vote to 29 percent for Mauck and 4 percent for Boler, with 99 percent of the vote tallied.
“It has been a great honor to represent the people of the 26th Congressional District of Texas and I am grateful that they have provided me the privilege of serving them for another term,” Burgess said. “This election cycle has made it clear that the American people will no longer tolerate the overreaching arm of the federal government. I share this view which is why I reaffirm my commitment to bringing the voice of the residents of the 26th district to our nation’s capital.”
The district covers Denton County, part of Wise County and a patch of northern Tarrant County that includes Westlake, north Keller and far north Fort Worth.
Rep. Marc Veasey will remain the sole Democrat in the Tarrant County delegation. Veasey, who first won this district in 2012, claimed 73 percent of the vote over Republican M. Mark Mitchell, who drew 26 percent, with 99 percent of the vote reported.
The district stretches from the Stockyards in Fort Worth to Oak Cliff in Dallas.