Fort Bend County Republicans overwhelmingly supported Sheriff Troy Nehls in Tuesday’s primary runoff race for U.S. House District 22.
Nehls defeated mega-donor Kathaleen Wall, who spent the last month of the runoff attempting to portray Nehls as uncaring when it comes to human trafficking.
Nehls earned 77% of votes cast in the runoff election, or 30,737 votes. Wall earned 8,709 votes.
Nehls will face Democrat Sri Preston Kulkarni in the November general election.
The winner will replace Pete Olson, who is retiring at the end of his term.
Former Fort Bend County Republican Party Chairman Jacey Jetton defeated Matt Morgan in the race for state Rep. 26. Jetton drew 52% of the vote, or 7,526 votes, to Morgan’s 6,840.
Jetton will face off against Democrat L. “Sarah” DeMerchant in the November general election.
DeMerchant defeated Suleman Lalani in the Democratic runoff election on Tuesday. She grabbed 52% of the votes cast, or 4,552 votes. Lalani garnered 4,143 votes.
Republican voters also picked James Pressler to advance to the November general election. He defeated J.J. Clemence in the runoff race for Fort Bend County Tax Assessor-Collector. Pressler picked up 58% of the votes cast in the race, or 22,733, to Clemence’s 15,959.
Pressler will battle Democrat Carmen Turner in November.
Democrats also nomiated Bridgette Smith-Lawson to be their candidate for Fort Bend County Attorney. Smith-Lawson defeated Sonia Rash in Tuesday’s runoff race. She earned 64% of the vote, or 25,181 of the votes cast, to Rash’s 13,642.
Smith-Lawson will face Republican Steve Rogers in the November general election.
Eric Fagan edged Democratic opponent Geneane Hughes in the race for Fort Bend County Sheriff. Fagan drew 50.03% of the vote to Hughes’ 49.97% Fagan grabbed 19,360 of the votes cast — 16 more than the 19,344 earned by Hughes.
Fagan will face Republican nominee Trever Nehls in November. Trever Nehls is presently the Precinct 4 constable and twin brother of Troy Nehls.
Democrat Jennifer Cantu will face Republican Vincent Morales Jr. in November.
Cantu earned more votes in Tuesday’s Democratic runoff election than opponent Lynette Reddix. Cantu took home 53% of the votes cast, or 4,331 to Reddix’ 3,795.
Of the 459,953 registered voters, 81,589 cast ballots in the runoff election, or 17.7%, a record number for a runoff election, The Fort Bend County Elections Administration Office reported.