12:45 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9: Tarrant County has 92 percent of its voting centers reporting election numbers. Here is a round-up of our stories:
11:43 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8: Departing Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley offered his congratulations to Republican Tim O’Hare, who will almost certainly lead this county of around 2 million people.
Congrats to all winners of today’s election! Democracy takes all of us – thx to all who voted, worked the polls, ran for office, or supported a loved one running a campaign. My 1st call tomorrow will be to @TimothyOHare to get to work on a successful transition for County Judge.— Tarrant County Judge B. Glen Whitley (@judge_whitley) November 9, 2022
10:57 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8: “It was a hard fought campaign,” Republican Tim O’Hare said during a press conference where he said Democrat Deborah Peoples had conceded the race for county judge.
Tim O’Hare: “Deborah called me about 15 minutes ago and said ‘congratulations’…”— Matthew Sgroi (@MatthewSgroi1) November 9, 2022
O’Hare spoke to the press no more than 10 minutes ago to deliver the news that Deborah Peoples has conceded in the race for County Judge. #txlege #txvote @FortWorthReport pic.twitter.com/YBjRdu3D8r
10:39 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8: Republican Tim O’Hare told supporters in downtown Fort Worth his opponent, Democrat Deborah Peoples, had conceded the race for Tarrant County judge.
Per our reporters, Deborah Peoples has conceded the Tarrant County judge race to Tim O’Hare. She did not appear at the @TarrantDemParty watch party in east Fort Worth tonight, which is close to wrapping up.— Haley Samsel (@haley_samsel) November 9, 2022
O’Hare has 52.94% of the vote to Peoples’ 47.06%, according to unofficial results.
9:35 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will have a third term after defeating Democrat Beto O’Rourke, according to The Texas Tribune.
If current numbers hold, Abbott also will have won Tarrant County, a key battleground both candidates wanted to win tonight. In Tarrant County, Abbott leads 51.46% of the vote to O’Rourke’s 47.27%.
9:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8: Two candidates have declared victory so far tonight.
Republican Manny Ramirez told supporters gathered at the Fort Worth Police Officers Association headquarters that he won his race for Tarrant County Precinct 4 commissioner.
“I want to thank everybody in here … who came out and helped with this campaign from day one,” Ramirez said. “I look around and I see a broad spectrum of folks who I’ve worked with, folks who I just met on the campaign trail, folks who were involved from day one to yesterday and I can’t be more proud to know each and everyone of you.”
@MannyRamirez_TX and supporters are calling the race and celebrating. Ballots are still being counted.— Sandra Sadek (@ssadek19) November 9, 2022
Manny thanked all those who helped him on the trail and noted that his race was part of a larger movement countywide, statewide and nationwide. pic.twitter.com/1WGGXZtaBo
Right now, Ramirez has a solid lead over his Democratic opponent. Ramirez has 58.3% of the vote to Democrat Cedric Kanyinda’s 41.7%. Precinct 4 covers northwest Tarrant County.
In the race for Texas House District 92, Democrat Salman Bhojani said he emerged victorious over Republican Joe Livingston.
Bhojani has 57.16% of the vote to Livingston’s 42.8%. House District 92 includes parts of Bedford, Euless, Hurst, Arlington and Grand Prairie. Currently, state Rep. Jeff Cason, R-Bedford, has the seat, but he decided not to seek re-election after the Legislature drew the district to be favorable for Democrats.
Bhojani described his likely win as historic.
“As an immigrant, my journey from mopping gas station floors to being the first Muslim and first South Asian ever elected to the Texas Legislature is proof that the American dream is still achievable — and I want every Texan to have the same opportunities I did,” Bhojani said in a statement. “As state representative for House District 92, I will go to Austin to be a voice for our community and to fight for my neighbors.”
8:43 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8: With a new batch of results in, nothing has changed significantly in Tarrant County.
O’Hare leads 52.7% to Peoples’ 47.3%. That is a lead of 22,653 votes.
In the Precinct 2 commissioner race, Simmons also still leads. She has 51.76% of the vote to Nguyen’s 48.24%. Simmons, a Democrat, leads by 3,578 votes.
Ramirez, a Republican, still has a big lead over Kanyinda, a Democrat, for Precinct 4 commissioner. Ramirez has 58.3% of the vote to Kanyida’s 41.7%. Ramirez’s lead is 14,776 votes.
As for the race for governor, Abbott continues to lead in Tarrant County. He has 51.37% to O’Rourke’s 47.5%. The governor has a lead of 16,473 votes.
8:26 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8: We have a couple of teams of reporters at the watch parties for Republicans and Democrats. Here’s what they’re seeing and hearing:
Tiffany Burks, running for Tarrant County District Attorney, has arrived at the Tarrant County Democratic Party’s watch party to a loud ovation by family and supporters #txlege #txvotes @FortWorthReport pic.twitter.com/eQ8v8zLpeT— Matthew Sgroi (@MatthewSgroi1) November 9, 2022
“We’ve elected a huge ballot of conservative to lead this place” Barnes said. “You and I remain in the reddest county in the country… write this down. We’ve made a serious statement tonight in Tarrant County.”— Rachel Behrndt (@BehrndtRachel) November 9, 2022
7:36 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8: Now, let’s check out what’s going on in the races to represent Tarrant County in the Texas Legislature.
State Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, has a 19 percentage-point lead over Democrat Gwenn Bruud to represent Texas Senate District 9. Hancock has 59.53% of the vote to Bruud’s 40.47%.
Our other Senate seat, District 10, only has one candidate, state Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford; he is unopposed.
In the Texas House, incumbents Arlington Republican Tony Tinderholt, Fort Worth Democrat Nicole Collier, Fort Worth Republican Craig Goldman, Southlake Republican Giovanni Capriglione and Fort Worth Republican Charlie Geren are leading their opponents. Fort Worth Democrat Ramon Romero was unopposed.
Republican Nate Schatzline leads Democrat KC Chowdury by 19 percentage points in the race to succeed state Rep. Matt Krause, R-Haslet, to represent Texas House District 93. Schatzline has 59.05% of the vote to Chowdhury’s 40.95%.
Democrat Salman Bhojani leads Republican Joe Livingston by about 15 percentage points in the race for Texas House District 92. Bhojani has 57.03% of the vote to Livingston’s 42.97%.
7:13 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Democrat Beto O’Rourke are both looking to win Tarrant County tonight.
So far, Abbott, a Republican, leads O’Rourke. The incumbent has a 15,673-vote lead over the Democrat. Abbott has 51.37% of the vote to O’Rourke’s 47.55%.
Both men last won Tarrant County in 2018. However, their margins were different. O’Rourke narrowly carried the county in his U.S. Senate bid, while Abbott won Tarrant County by a more than 66,000-vote margin.
Abbott is seeking his third term.
7:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8: Early voting numbers were just posted.
In the Tarrant County judge race, Republican Tim O’Hare is up by 21,524 votes over Democrat Deborah Peoples. O’Hare has 52.65% of the vote to Peoples’ 47.48%.
Reporter Emily Wolf has the numbers for the district attorney race:
Let’s check our two Tarrant County commissioner races.
Republican Manny Ramirez has a 14,416 edge over Democrat Cedric Kanyida in the race to be the next Precinct 4 commissioner. Ramirez has 58.33% of the vote to Kanyida’s 41.67%.
Democrat Alisa Simmons has a 3,785-vote lead over Republican Andy Nguyen in the race for Precinct 2 commissioner. Simmons has 51.92% of the vote to Nguyen’s 48.08%.
1:51 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8:Howdy! Welcome to the Fort Worth Report’s live blog for Election Night.
Here, you will find the latest results and coverage from our team of reporters, who are spending the day canvassing the county to talk to voters and candidates.
White Settlement is turning out to vote this Tuesday. Voters at the the front of the line have been waiting for about 20 minutes and the line is only getting longer pic.twitter.com/siC75yI74O— Rachel Behrndt (@BehrndtRachel) November 8, 2022
Results are expected to start rolling in sometime after 7 p.m., and we will bring them to you as soon as they are online.
Want to track the results, too? Watch this page on the Tarrant County government website.
Also, don’t forget to go vote. Today is your last chance. Polls close at 7 p.m. For more, read our resource guide for voting on Election Day and visit our Election Central for coverage of key races and issues.
Turnout in Tarrant County is down from previous elections. So far, 410,051 registered voters have cast their ballots. In 2018, 433,860 early voters showed up at the polls. The county has not seen that low of turnout since 2014, when 211,630 residents early voted.
Here are a few things we’re watching out for today:
Who will be the next Tarrant County judge?
Republican Tim O’Hare and Democrat Deborah Peoples are hoping to succeed departing Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, a Republican. The race is one of several political observers are watching to see what direction the county takes and whether Tarrant County is a battleground.
- Tarrant County judge candidates promise lower taxes. Here’s why that’s hard to achieve
- Republican O’Hare’s record reflects consistently conservative record
- Democrat Peoples’ past centered around party leadership, corporate experience
Which party will control the Commissioners Court?
The Tarrant County Commissioners Court has had a Republican majority since 1986. Democrats want to end that nearly 40-year streak, while the GOP wants to expand its 3-2 majority. Control comes down to two seats: the county judgeship and Precinct 2 commissioner in southeast Tarrant County. Republicans only need one of those seats because Precinct 4 is bright red. Democrats need both.
- Republicans look to extend 3-2 majority on Tarrant County Commissioners Court; Democrats aim to flip control
- Campaigns go negative as race for competitive Tarrant County Precinct 2 commissioner seat tightens
- Jammed northwest Tarrant County roads take driver’s seat in county commissioner race
Who will be our next district attorney?
Republican Phil Sorrells and Democrat Tiffany Burks are locked in a heated campaign to succeed District Attorney Sharen Wilson, a Republican. Money from outside of Texas has poured into the race.
- Tarrant County will elect a new criminal district attorney in November. What responsibilities come with the position?
- PAC campaign mailer uses fake quote to target Democrat DA candidate
- Tarrant County DA’s race among several local races targeted nationwide by Virginia PAC
Will Abbott or O’Rourke win Tarrant County?
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, is seeking his third term. Democrat Beto O’Rourke, a former congressman, wants to deny him that. Both men have won the county in previous elections. In 2018, O’Rourke narrowly carried Tarrant County by 4,308 votes in his failed bid to unseat U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz. That same year, Abbott easily won the county, earning 54.4% of the vote and beating his Democrat rival by 66,590 votes.
- 60% of Tarrant County registered voters live in the suburbs. They likely will decide elections this year.
- Young voters in Tarrant County share priorities for midterm elections
- Low early voting turnout in Tarrant County echoes statewide trend
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