With results tallied for District 27’s emergency special election, the winner appears to be Republican candidate Michael Cloud.
Election officials reported Cloud with 19,856 votes at time of writing, leading over Democrat Eric Holguin at 11,594 and the remaining nine candidates.
While results are not official yet, many have already called the election in Cloud’s favor, including Governor Greg Abbott, who congratulated Cloud on Twitter:
Congratulations to CONGRESSMAN Michael Cloud on winning the special election for Congressional District 27, beating a field of candidates without a runoff. #CD27 now has representation to help respond to #HurricaneHarvey. #txlege @MichaelJCloud? https://t.co/1SmaEOmsEe
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 1, 2018
With the required majority, Cloud will now assume the seat formerly held by Blake Farenthold for what would have been the remainder of his term. No runoff election will be needed as a result.
However, voters will still decide who will hold the seat following that term, for the next full-term, in the November general election.