Progressive Wins and Losses in Texas' Super Tuesday Primary

March 5th Results
A preview for the upcoming runoffs and November's election

Toplines & Key Facts: 

  • Several progressive wins in Texas
  • Texas House District 146 advances to runoff
  • Important runoff dates to know
    • Early Voting: May 20- May 24
    • Election Day: May 28

Primary Election

The Texas Democratic Primary election resulted in wins for almost all of our Progress Texas endorsed candidates. Michelle Vallejo took home 75% of the votes and will face incumbent Republican Monica De La Cruz in the November election for Congressional District 15.

State Representative Julie Johnson received 50.1% of the vote winning the Democratic nomination outright, in a crowded field of candidates, for Congressional District 32 (Congressman Colin Allred’s seat).

Former math teacher and Dallas ISD high school principal Sam Eppler won the Democratic nomination for U.S. Congressional District 24 with 59% of the votes. He will face incumbent Beth Van Duyne in the November election, an uphill battle in a heavily gerrymandered district. 

Labor union organizer Lauren Ashley Simmons received 50% of the votes in Texas House District 146, and will advance to the May 28 runoff election against incumbent State Representative Shawn Thierry. We are proud to continue supporting Lauren as she makes the final stretch to victory. 

With just more than 59% of the votes, U.S. Congressman Colin Allred (TX- 32) won the Democratic nomination and will face Ted Cruz for the U.S. Senate this fall. We are extremely proud to have endorsed State Senator Roland Gutierrez, who ran a strong campaign that displayed fiery and steadfast support for the families of Uvalde. We look forward to what’s next for Senator Gutierrez as he continues serving constituents in District 19 and pushing progress forward in Texas. We want to congratulate Congressman Allred for his win, and are excited to have a strong challenger for Ted Cruz. Allred is a skilled fundraiser with national Democratic backing who we plan to support to become the first Democratic candidate to win statewide office in Texas since the 90’s. 

Lastly, we want to thank Texas Railroad Commissioner candidate, Bill Burch, for a great primary election. It was a pleasure to get to know him, and we congratulate winner Katherine Culbert as she took the win as the Democratic nominee. 

We congratulate all of the Democratic incumbents who won their elections outright, and look forward to electing more progressives and putting democracy over dictatorship in the general election.

Progress Texas supports a stable democracy, a dependable energy system, health care for all, an end to gun violence, a just immigration system, reproductive freedom, economic opportunity, workers’ rights, public education, and human decency—along with democracy and human rights abroad. It’s all on your ballot in November 2024.