Center for Politics

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Central Texas residents voted in record numbers both on Election Day and in the weeks leading up to it, resulting in 86,516 votes being cast in Bell County this year, nearly double the 44,137 ballots cast in the last midterm election in 2014.

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Kathy Richerson, the Democrat who lost the Texas House District 54 seat Tuesday to Dr. Brad Buckley, said the midterm elections were a sign of things to come for Texas Democrats after a slew of close races.

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Despite losing the Bell County vote, Dr. Brad Buckley won the Texas House District 54 seat with a big boost from Lampasas County voters, according to final, unofficial results Tuesday.

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Roger Williams, R-Austin, the incumbent for Texas Congressional District 25 defeated Democratic opponent Julie Oliver, of Austin with 53.6 percent of the vote Tuesday, according to the Texas Tribune.

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Dr. Brad Buckley, who once ran a campaign for Texas House District 54 that leaned heavily on individual contributions, is now swimming in campaign funds from big-money political action committees just before Tuesday’s election.

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Election Day is closing in, and residents across the country have been pouring out in record numbers to vote for their favored candidates. Some Bell and Coryell county residents will also be voting for two seats on the Gatesville Independent School District board.

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Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar, the Democratic nominee for Texas’ 31st congressional district, said campaign team members for Congressman John Carter pelted her children with candy while they were trick-or-treating Halloween night in Round Rock.

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KILLEEN — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday said his victory on Nov. 6 will be fueled by a “common sense” majority of people that includes moderate Democrats, independents and Libertarians.

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Polling locations across the area are reporting higher than normal voter turnouts after early voting numbers skyrocketed past those from the last midterm election.

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More than 5,700 people in Bell County came out to vote on Monday, the first day of early voting for the midterm elections.

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Available trustee spots for the Copperas Cove Independent School District on the ballot this year are the positions of board trustees Place 1 and Place 2.