Kaufman County broke big for Republicans up and down the ballot Tuesday, helping to give the GOP a sweep of statewide offices and President Donald Trump 38 electoral votes from Texas.
Nevertheless, Trump’s race against former Vice President Joe Biden was too close to call Wednesday morning as votes were still being counted in key battleground states.
Kaufman County went heavily for incumbent U.S. Rep. Lance Gooden, a Terrell Republican, and Republican U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, who defeated Democrat MJ Hegar. Across the 5th Congressional District, Gooden ran up the score against Democratic challenger Carolyn Salter of Palestine. The first-term Republican defeated Salter 173,251-100,413, or 62% to 35.9% with 98% of precincts reporting. In Kaufman County, Gooden cruised to a more than two-to-one margin, 37,982-16,746, or 67.9% to 29.94%.
Like other Republicans, Cornyn enjoyed a large edge in Kaufman County as he won his fourth term as senator. He trounced Hagar in Kaufman County 37,504-17,401, or 66.68% to 30.94%. With about 93% of the vote counted statewide, Cornyn was leading Hegar by more than 1 million votes, 5,907,837-4,803,674, or 53.7% to 43.7%. Polling had suggested Cornyn might have a tussle on his hands, but the former Texas attorney general won going away.
Kaufman County voters also gave large margins to down-ballot Republicans competing for statewide judicial seats as well as the Texas Railroad Commission and the State Board of Education District 9.
Like elsewhere in Texas, Kaufman County saw record turnout with 56,689 total votes cast, or 68.68% of registered voters. Those numbers were driven by early voting, in which 45,372 votes were cast in comparison to 8,053 on election day, according to unofficial results from the Kaufman County Elections Division