2018 Texas Attorney General election

The 2018 Texas Attorney General election took place on November 6, 2018, to elect the Attorney General of Texas. Incumbent Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton ran for re-election.[1] The Democratic Party nominated attorney Justin Nelson.[2][3]

2018 Texas Attorney General election

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Nominee Ken Paxton Justin Nelson
Party Republican Democratic
Popular vote 4,193,207 3,898,098
Percentage 50.57% 47.01%

Texas Attorney General Election Results by County, 2018.svg
County results
Paxton:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%      80–90%      90–100%
Nelson:      40–50%      50–60%      60–70%      70–80%

Attorney General before election

Ken Paxton
Republican

Elected Attorney General

Ken Paxton
Republican

Paxton was narrowly re-elected to a second term by a 3.56% margin of victory.[4]

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Republican primary results[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Ken Paxton (incumbent) 1,312,172 100% +55.55%
Total votes 1,312,172 100% +32,112
Turnout 8.6%[a] -0.81%[a]

Democratic primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

ResultsEdit

Democratic primary results[6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Justin Nelson 884,376 100%
Total votes 884,376 100% +446,858
Turnout 5.79%[a] +2.57%[a]

Libertarian conventionEdit

NominatedEdit

  • Michael Ray Harris, attorney[7]

General electionEdit

EndorsementsEdit

Ken Paxton
U.S. Executive Branch officials
Organizations

PollingEdit

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin
of error
Ken
Paxton (R)
Justin
Nelson (D)
Michael Ray
Harris (L)
Other Undecided
Dixie Strategies September 6–7, 2018 519 ± 4.3% 45% 39% 2% 15%
Texas Lyceum July 9–26, 2018 441 ± 4.7% 35% 25% 4% 37%
Gravis Marketing July 3–7, 2018 602 ± 4.0% 45% 41% 14%
UoT/Texas Tribune June 8–17, 2018 1,200 ± 2.83% 32% 31% 6% 4% 26%
Baselice & Associates (R-TLRPAC) May 21–28, 2018 45% 33%

ResultsEdit

General election results
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Ken Paxton (incumbent) 4,193,207 50.57% -8.23%
Democratic Justin Nelson 3,898,098 47.01% +8.99%
Libertarian Michael Ray Harris 201,310 2.43% -0.10%
Total votes 8,292,615 100%
Republican hold

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Percentage of turnout to registered voters

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Patrick, Svitek (July 25, 2018). "In re-election bid, Attorney General Ken Paxton emphasizes record as Democrat seizes on indictment". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  2. ^ McElroy, Ashley (November 8, 2017). "Justin Nelson vies for TX attorney general nomination". Spectrum News. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  3. ^ Riedel, Sean (October 9, 2018). "Democratic Texas attorney general nominee Justin Nelson makes appearance in Denton". North Texas Daily. Archived from the original on 2018-10-10. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  4. ^ Zdun, Matt; Collier, Kiah (November 6, 2018). "Gov. Greg Abbott clinches second term as GOP wins closest statewide races in 20 years". The Texas Tribune. Retrieved June 4, 2021.
  5. ^ "2018 Republican Party Primary Election - RESULTS". 10 March 2018. Archived from the original on 10 March 2018.
  6. ^ "2018 Democratic Party Primary Election - RESULTS". 10 March 2018. Archived from the original on 10 March 2018.
  7. ^ "2018 Candidates". lptexas.org. Archived from the original on September 9, 2018. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  8. ^ "President Trump endorsed Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton". RAGA. May 7, 2018.
  9. ^ "NRA Endorses Ken Paxton for Attorney General". NRA-ILA. September 7, 2018.
  10. ^ "Open Carry Texas Endorses Attorney General Ken Paxton". AmmoLand.com. September 5, 2018.