West Texans went to the polls on Tuesday and for the most part helped support a GOP sweep for the top-ticket positions across the state.
A statewide GOP sweep means Greg Abbott as governor, Dan Patrick as lieutenant governor, Ken Paxton as attorney general, Glenn Hegar as comptroller, George P. Bush as land commissioner, Ryan Sitton as railroad commissioner, and Sid Miller as agriculture.
Midland and Ector County voters favored GOP candidates at the top of the ticket by large margins, with Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott pulling in 86% of the vote in Midland County and 82% in Ector.
“It seems to be one of those Republican types of years,” says Brooks Landgraf (R), the Odessa-based State Representative for District 81.
Langraf secured a seamless win over write-in candidate Michael McCulloch, netting nearly 98.5% of the vote in Ector County.
Incumbent 11th District U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway also pulled an easy victory in the Permian Basin after facing a barely noticeable competition from Libertarian candidate Ryan Lange.
Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton spoke to us Tuesday evening as the returns were coming in – he wound up defeating Democrat Steve Brown by a margin of nearly 62% in Ector County and 71% in Midland County.
“The big things that are happening in Texas today are with this revolution in energy production,” Sitton said. “Our oil and gas production in this state has tripled over the last six years. We want to make sure that people in this state have confidence in how the energy is being developed.”