Republican Smith County Judge Nathaniel Moran secured a spot in the November ballot for the 1st Congressional District seat vacated by U.S. Representative Louie Gohmert.
Gohmert announced late last year that he would quit his seat to challenge Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton in the GOP primary.
On Wednesday morning and with 100% precinct reporting, the Texas Secretary of State’s office reported that Moran had 50,923 votes, or 62.94%. In the GOP four-way race, the next closest challenger was Joe McDaniel of Kilgore, who had 19,620 votes, or 24.25 percent.
The other GOP candidates are Center resident Aditya “AD” Atholi, who won 6,145 votes or 7.6%, and Dallas’ John Porro, who won 4,214 votes or 5.21%.
Meanwhile, two Democrats will head to a runoff on May 24 as no one garnered more than 50% of the vote.
Jrmar Jefferson obtained 7,341 votes, or 45.52%. He was followed by Victor Dunn with 4,512 votes, or 27.98%.
The other Democratic candidates were Gavin Dass, who received 1,849 votes or 11.47%, and Stephen Kocen, who obtained 2,424 votes or 15.03%.
“Tonight I feel very proud and very humbled at the same time,” Moran said Tuesday night. “Humbled at the opportunity to potentially be the next U.S. Congressman to represent Texas District 1 and so proud of the team we’ve built and the race we’ve run.”
Moran added that throughout the race he and his team remained positive and made it clear they were with “faith, family and freedom”.
Serving East Texas at the federal level would mean representation based on local values, listening to voters and solving problems in Smith County, which happened during his five years as a judge. of the county, Moran previously said.
Moran said he will work to continue to build relationships and connections throughout the district and to let voters know about concerns about nations and what they want to see happen in Washington, DC.
“We will continue to work with the hope that in November we will finalize this victory, but there is a lot to do until then,” he said.
Moran is a Whitehouse native and attorney with experience in commercial and commercial litigation and transactional work. He also served on the Tyler City Council in District 5 from 2005 to 2009.
He said his main issues in the campaign included the sanctity of life, public safety and border security, pro-2nd Amendment, fiscal accountability, pro-freedom and stopping government excesses.
Jefferson said Tuesday night he was excited to lead the Democratic primary.
“I think it will give me, and Mr. Dunn, it looks like, a chance to continue to let people know our vision,” he said.
Jefferson added that he looks forward to knocking on more doors in the 17 counties in District 1 and showing up to voters.
Overall, Jefferson said he noticed more Republicans showing up to vote than Democrats in Tuesday’s primaries. He added that this is partly because many people don’t have the time or ability to get out and vote, so he wants to create a system that includes everyone in the voting process.
“I pray for world peace, and I pray for a stronger America, a stronger East Texas, and to make sure we start taking care of each other,” he said.
Jefferson got his start in politics while in college in California, he previously said. It started by registering people to vote in 2013 and has since helped more than 5,000 people register, he said.
Five major things Jefferson has said he would like to improve as a member of Congress include the Literacy Act as it relates to investing in health care, education, economic development, public safety and quality of life. life.
Jefferson has also previously said that he is the only candidate who can cross party lines due to attending conventions for each political party and learning what each candidate and party wants. He added that the parties must come together to successfully overcome the problems.
He added that he was the candidate to do so because “I am an American before I am a Democrat, and I am a man before I am a Democrat.”