Several local races will be decided by May 22 runoff elections

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Several area races are headed to a runoff in May to determine who will be on the ballot for the 2018 midterm elections.

A runoff in Texas happens if no candidate in a race gets at least half of the votes. The top two vote-getters will advance to a runoff election on May 22, 2018.

Click here to see the full list of Tuesday's local election results.

Margaret Meece and Gabriel Garcia are Republicans who are both looking to take the vacancy left by retiring Brazos County District Clerk Marc Hamlin. Meece has the most votes Tuesday with 4,357. Garcia received 2,107.

Candidates for Brazos County Justice of the Peace Precincts 1, 2, and 4 will be part of the May runoff.

For Pct. 1, Kenny Elliott will go up against Joshua Benn.

For Pct. 2, Tommy Munoz will face challenger Terrence Nunn.

For Pct. 4, Democrats Celina Vasquez and Manuel Aguilar will be facing off against one another to go on the November ballot.

Runoff elections are also planned for several races Leon County, Madison County, Grimes County, Montgomery County, and Waller County.

One of the most-watched races will likely be the Republican primary for Texas State House District 13.

Former Grimes County Judge Ben Leman is facing a challenge from local businesswoman Jill Wolfskill. The winner will face lone Democrat candidate Cecil Ray Webster, Sr., an Army veteran who owns a wildlife management farm in Fayette County.

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Madison County Judge C.E. McDaniel, Jr. received only 29% of total votes on Tuesday. He'll go against Tony Leago for the runoff election. Leago earned 23% of the vote.

Other notable races

Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, known for his provocative social media posts about Democrats and Muslims, has survived a bitter Republican primary in his bid for re-election.

Miller on Tuesday topped veteran Austin lobbyist and conservative podcaster Trey Blocker, and Jim Hogan, who ran for agriculture commissioner as a Democrat in 2014.

Miller will be the favorite to win in November. He's perhaps best-known for a social media presence that has frequently stirred controversy.

He once tweeted a derogatory term to refer to Hillary Clinton, shared a Facebook post advocating bombing the "Muslim world" and has retweeted misleading reports claiming to be factual news.

Miller also used taxpayer funds in 2015 to travel to Oklahoma for a "Jesus shot" meant to alleviate all pain. He later reimbursed the state.

Democratic turnout in the Texas primary has hit its highest level in a midterm election since 2002, a reflection of the nationwide momentum for liberal candidates opposing President Donald Trump.

At least 700,000 people voted in the Democratic primary election for U.S. Senate won Tuesday by U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke. That surpasses the last three midterms. Just over 1 million people voted in the Democratic primary in 2002.

Texas Democrats haven't won a statewide race since 2002, and O'Rourke and other Democrats running statewide remain heavy underdogs. Tuesday's Democratic numbers are still well behind Republican turnout figures.

But O'Rourke has recently outraised U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, and there is at least one Democratic candidate in every congressional district - 36 of them - for the first time since 1992.

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush has won the Republican nomination to keep his post, topping a primary challenger from the right.

Bush, whose grandfather and uncle were president and whose father was Florida's governor, beat his predecessor as land commissioner, Jerry Patterson, Tuesday. The 41-year-old Bush immediately becomes the overwhelming favorite for re-election in November.

Bush began the year with $3.4 million in campaign funds compared to Patterson's roughly $100,000. He won despite campaigning lightly, spending much of his time visiting parts of Texas hit by Hurricane Harvey after his agency was tapped to lead the state's housing recovery efforts.

Patterson criticized Bush for bungling the post-Harvey rebuild and a makeover of the Alamo in San Antonio. Bush was endorsed by President Donald Trump and his son, Donald Jr.

The first Hispanic female sheriff in Texas is headed to a Democratic runoff against the son of a former governor in their longshot bid to unseat Republican Gov. Greg Abbott.

Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Houston investor Andrew White advanced Tuesday from a field of nine largely unknown Democratic primary candidates. The runoff election is May 22.

Texas Democrats haven't won a statewide race since 1994. The party's rising stars in Texas all passed on running for governor after Democrat Wendy Davis lost by 20 points in 2014.

White is the son of former Texas Gov. Mark White, who served one term in the 1980s and died last year. Andrew White is a self-described "conservative Democrat" who has alienated progressives over his personal opposition to abortion.

Valdez would be the first Hispanic and openly gay governor in Texas history.

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is striking a cautious tone despite sailing to victory against little-known challengers in Texas' first-in-the-nation primary.

Abbott easily clinched his party's nomination Tuesday and has a campaign war chest worth around $43 million, more than any gubernatorial candidate nationwide.

It's not yet clear who Texas' Democratic nominee will be, but Abbott is nonetheless heavily favored in November.

Still, Democrats more than doubled their early voter participation in the primary when compared to the Texas' last midterm election in 2014. They are optimistic despite not winning a Texas statewide office since 1994.

In a statement, Abbott declared "We cannot afford to take Texas for granted," adding "This is a fight for our future and it begins now."