To update: 21:05 with updated results.
AUSTIN — Voters in North Texas cast ballots Tuesday for several key Senate and House races that will affect what happens when the next legislative session begins in January.
Key races include five house contests that could allow Republicans to bolster their majority by winning more races or help Democrats close the gap Republicans currently hold.
Among the North Texas legislative races to watch are two House districts where incumbents are retiring and one where the incumbent is attempting to advance to the Senate. Sen. Angela Paxton, wife of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton’s wife, is also attracting attention.
Republicans currently lead the Senate 18-13 and the House 83-65, with two seats currently vacant.
- House district 63: Republican Ben Bumgarner led by double digits ahead of Democrat Denise Wooten. Rep. Tan Parker gave up his seat to run for Senate District 12.
- House district 70: Democrat Mihaela Plesa had a slight lead over Republican Jamee Jolee, with early and mail-in votes reported. Rep. Scott Sanford is retiring. The seat will likely be one of the most competitive races in the state. The seat was formerly a Republican seat in McKinney but now represents portions of Plano and southern Collin County.
- House district 92: Rep. Jeff Cason retired. Democrat Salman Bhojani led just ahead of Republican Joe Livingston. The district, which is located in Tarrant County, has been redrawn and may switch to Democrats after its redraw. Bhojani is a former member of the Euless City Council and hopes to become the first Muslim elected to the Texas legislature. Livingston has been a broker for 44 years and is from Arlington.
- House district 108: Republican Morgan Meyer is running for his fifth term, facing Democrat Elizabeth Ginsberg.
- House District 112: Republican Rep. Angie Button is hoping for another term in a seat she’s held since 2009. She meets Democrat Elva Curl. The district includes portions of Garland, Richardson, Rowlett, Saxon, and Dallas. President Joe Biden won the 2020 district.
- House district 33: Republican Rep. Justin Holland has a slight lead over Democratic challenger Graeson Lynksey. Holland is seeking his third term. If Lynskey wins, he will become the youngest member of the Texas House at 21. The district makes up much of Rockwall County.
- House district 61: Republican Frederick Frazier had a double-digit lead over Democrat Sheena King when the early votes arrived. Frazier faced controversy during his campaign: He faces a felony charge for allegedly posing as a Code compliance officer in Collin County.
- House district 63: Republican Ben Bumgarner takes on Democrat Denise Wooten in this open space.
- House district 65: Republican Kronda Thimesch had a sizeable lead over Democrat Brittney Verdell.
- House district 66: Republican Rep. Matt Shaheen, who is seeking a fifth term, has a significant lead over Democratic challenger Jesse Ringness.
- House district 67: Longtime Republican Rep. Jeff Leach has a sizeable lead over Democrat Kevin Morris, who is seeking a sixth term.
- House district 93: This open space features Democrat KC Chowdhury versus Nate Schatzline.
- House district 94: Republican Rep. Tony Tinderholt has said if he is re-elected he will challenge Dade Phelan for Speaker of the House. He meets Democrat Dennis Sherrard.
- House district 95: Democratic Rep. Nicole Collier had a sizeable lead over Republican challenger Taylor Mondick.
- House district 97: Republican Rep. Craig Goldman is challenged by Democrat Laurin McLaurin.
- House district 98: Republican Rep. Giovanni Capriglione hopes to beat Democratic challenger Shannon Elkins.
- House district 99: Longtime Republican Congressman Charlie Geren, who has been in office since 2000, meets Democrat Mimi Coffey.
- House district 100: Democrat Venton Jones faces Republican Joe Roberts in this open seat.
- House district 102: Democrat Ana-Maria Ramos has a double-digit lead over Republican Susan Fischer.
- House district 103: Democrat Rafael Anchía has a clear lead over independent Alejandro Arrieta.
- House district 105: Democratic Rep. Terry Meza is attempting to win a third term against Republican challenger Allan Meagher.
- House district 107: Democratic Rep. Victoria Neave Criado is up against Libertarian challenger Shane Newsom.
- House District 111: Democratic Rep. Yvonne Davis is seeking re-election against Republican Benny Flores Yrigollen.
- House District 114: This open seat pits Democrat John Bryant against two Republicans: Mark Hajdu and Sarah Lamb.
- House District 115: Democratic Rep. Julie Johnson meets Republican challenger Melisa Denis.
- Senate District 2: Republican Senator Bob Hall. had a clear lead over Democratic challenger Prince Giadolour in early return.
- Senate District 8: Republican Sen. Angela Paxton had a sizeable lead over Democrat Jonathan Cocks and Libertarian Edward Kless.
- Senate District 9: Republican Senator Kelly Hancock is seeking re-election against Democrat Gwenn Burud.
- Senate District 12: Republican Rep. Tan Parker had a solid lead over Democrat Francine Ly in that open seat.
- Senate District 16: Democratic Senator Nathan Johnson wants to defend his seat against Republican challenger Brandon Copeland.