Elections 2022FederalGunsLocal NewsState SenateUvalde County Voters Rebuke Democrats with Strong Showing for Statewide Republicans

Uvalde County voters rejected Democratic candidates for all statewide and legislative offices on election day.
November 9, 2022
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In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in May that left 19 children and two teachers dead, Democratic campaigns elevated the community to the national political spotlight, pointing to local support for gun control proposals.

However, Uvalde voters overwhelmingly rejected all statewide Democratic candidates on Election Day, including gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke and district candidates such as State Sen. Roland Gutierrez (D-San Antonio).

Gov. Greg Abbott swept the county Tuesday night, with unofficial results showing a win of 60.1 percent of the vote to O’Rourke’s 38.3 percent.

All statewide offices held to 60-40 margins, with Republicans winning the county in every race. 

In addition, Republicans saw victory in the county in numerous district races, including support for Republican state Senate District 19 candidate Robert Garza who garnered 58.9 percent to Gutierrez, who yielded 41.1 percent. 

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Gutierrez recently filed legislation that seeks to award families of the Robb Elementary shooting victims $300 million in compensation, and placed blame on the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Overall, Gutierrez managed to retain his 17 county district seat on Tuesday, winning 55.4 percent of the final vote. 

While Republicans also won the county in other district races, including several appellate courts and a State Board of Education Race, local Democrats prevailed countywide in one race, with Democratic candidate for county judge Bill Mitchell besting Republican Patrick McGrew, winning 59.4 percent to 40.6 percent.

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Matt Stringer

Matt Stringer is a reporter for The Texan who writes about all things government, politics, and public policy in West Texas. He graduated summa cum laude from Odessa College with an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies and is presently finishing a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Leadership. In his free time, you will find him in the great outdoors, usually in the Davis Mountains and Big Bend region of Southwest Texas.