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The University Star will provide live coverage of Election Day 2020 in San Marcos and Hays County as polling location updates are made available.

All Hays County polling locations have reported complete but unofficial results as of 10:03 p.m. Here are the updated numbers from San Marcos and Hays County races with 109,386 ballots cast:

 

Hays County unofficial results for Presidential Election

U.S. President / Vice President:

Joe Biden unofficially won the presidential race in Hays County with 54.28% of the votes.

 

Donald J. Trump/Michael R. Pence, Republican: 43.47% (47,427)

Joseph R. Biden/Kamala D. Harris, Democrat: 54.28% (59,213)

Jo Jorgensen/Jeremy "Spike" Cohen, Libertarian: 1.58% (1,729)

Howie Hawkins/Angela Walker, Green: 0.38% (415)

Election dog

"Big Wig" greets voter Amy Wallis on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at the Hays County Government Center. Big Wig's owners, Jenny and Roland Ortiz, show support for Presidential candidate Joe Biden outside the polls.

 

City of San Marcos General Election unofficial results

Incumbents are italicized.

 

City of San Marcos, Mayor: 

Incumbent Jane Hughson gained 44.75% of the vote in the mayoral race, followed by Juan Miguel Arredondo at 32.69%. A runoff election will be called as no candidate gained more than 50% of the vote. Hughson and Arredondo will remain on the ballot for the Dec. 1 runoff for mayor.

 

Michael Sean Hathaway II: 9.49% (1,887)

Randy Dethrow: 4.25% (845)

J.M. Harris: 8.82% (1,755)

Jane Garnette Hughson: 44.75% (8,902)

Juan Miguel Arredondo: 32.69% (6,502)

 

City of San Marcos, City Council, Place 3:

Alyssa C. Garza unofficially won the San Marcos City Council Place 3 race with 71.43% over incumbent Ed Mihalkanin with 28.57%. Nov. 3 election results will be canvassed, and Garza will be sworn in to the San Marcos City Council Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

 

Alyssa C. Garza: 71.43% (13,785)

Ed Mihalkanin: 28.57% (5,514)

 

City of San Marcos, City Council, Place 4:

Shane Scott unofficially won the San Marcos City Council Place 4 race with 55.11% over incumbent Mark Rockeymoore with 44.89%. Nov. 3 election results will be canvassed, and Scott will be sworn in to the San Marcos City Council Nov. 16 at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

 

Shane Scott: 55.11% (10,188)

Mark Rockeymoore: 44.89% (8,299)

 

City of San Marcos, City Council, Place 5, Unexpired Term:

NOTE: This is a special election to fill a vacancy in City Council Place 5.

Mark Gleason unofficially gained the most votes for the vacant City Council Place 5 seat, with 35.36% over Omar Baca and Zach Sambrano with 32.59% and 32.05%, respectively. A runoff election will be called as no candidate gained more than 50% of the vote. Gleason and Baca will continue to vie for the City Council Place 5 seat in a Dec. 1 runoff.

 

Omar Baca: 32.59% (6,150)

Zach Sambrano: 32.05% (6,049)

Mark Gleason: 35.36% (6,674)

 

San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District, Trustee Election unofficial results

The San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District single-member district map can be viewed on the official website. Incumbents are italicized.

 

SMCISD, District 1:

Incumbent Juan Miguel Arredondo unofficially won the SMCISD District 1 race with 59.79% over James Bryant, Jr with 40.21%.

 

Juan Miguel Arredondo: 59.79% (2,037)

James Bryant, Jr.: 40.21% (1,370)

 

SMCISD, District 3:

Mayra Mejia unofficially won the SMCISD District 3 race with 60.14% over Nicholas Costilla with 39.86%.

 

Mayra Mejia: 60.14% (2,573)

Nicholas Costilla: 39.86% (1,705)

Lon Shell signs Election day

Jordan Berry reads a voting information leaflet as Will Conley looks on, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at the Texas State Performing Arts Center. Conley was campaigning to reelect Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler and Commissioner Lon Shell.

 

Hays County Races unofficial results

Incumbents are italicized.

 

Sheriff:

In the Hays County races, incumbent Gary Cutler unofficially won reelection in the Hays County Sheriff race with 50.97% over Alex Villalobos with 49.03%.

 

Gary Cutler, Republican: 50.97% (53,451)

Alex Villalobos, Democrat: 49.03% (51,423)

 

Commissioner Precinct 3:

Incumbent Lon A. Shell unofficially won reelection in the Commissioner Precinct 3 race with 52.04% over Lisa Prewitt with 47.96%.

 

Lon A. Shell, Republican: 52.04% (12,660)

Lisa Prewitt, Democrat: 47.96% (11,666)

 

Constable Precinct 1:

David L. Peterson unofficially won the Constable Precinct 1 race with 68.79% over Eliseo Galarza with 31.21%.

 

Eliseo Galarza, Republican: 31.21% (8,450)

David L. Peterson, Democrat: 68.79% (18,625)

 

Judge, 453rd Judicial District:

Sherri Tibbe unofficially won the 453rd Judicial District Judge race with 52.34%, beating incumbent David Junkin with 47.66%.

 

David Junkin, Republican: 47.66% (49,547)

Sherri Tibbe, Democrat: 52.34% (54,407)

 

Judge, County Court-at-Law No. 3:

Millie Thompson unofficially won the County Court-at-Law Judge No. 3 race with 51.38%, beating incumbent Tacie Zelhart with 48.62%.

 

Tacie Zelhart, Republican: 48.62% (50,347)

Millie Thompson, Democrat: 51.38% (53,199)

 

Tax Assessor-Collector:

Incumbent Jenifer O'Kane unofficially won the Tax Assessor-Collector race with 50.70% over Daphne Tenorio with 49.30%.

 

Jenifer O'Kane, Republican: 50.70% (52,809)

Daphne Tenorio, Democrat: 49.30% (51,345)

Villalobos Election Day

Alex Villalobos, Hays County Sheriff 2020 candidate, camps outside of the polls on Election Day, Tues. Nov. 3, 2020, at the Hays County Government Center. Villalobos says his campaign team plans on being outside the polls until Election Day ends, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

 

State of Texas General Election unofficial results

Incumbents are italicized.

 

State Representative, District 45:

Incumbent Erin Zwiener is the unofficial winner of the District 45 State Representative race in Hays County, having won 52.29% of the votes.

 

Carrie Isaac, Republican: 47.71% (50,440)

Erin Zwiener, Democrat: 52.29% (55,279)

 

Railroad Commissioner:

Chrysta Castañeda, Democrat, unofficially won the Railroad Commissioner race in Hays County with 49.83% of the votes.

 

James "Jim" Wright, Republican: 45.34% (48,133)

Chrysta Castañeda, Democrat: 49.83% (52,900)

Matt Sterett, Libertarian: 2.92% (3,104)

Katija "Kat" Gruene, Green: 1.90% (2,022)

 

Chief Justice, Supreme Court of Texas:

Amy Clark Meachum, Democrat, unofficially won the Supreme Court of Texas Chief Justice race in Hays County with 51.52%, beating incumbent Nathan Hecht, Republican.

 

Nathan Hecht, Republican: 45.03% (47,889)

Amy Clark Meachum, Democrat: 51.52% (54,797)

Mark Ash, Libertarian: 3.45% (3,670)

Becerra Election Day

Charlie O'Neill (left), Sharon O' Neill (middle) and Hays County Judge Ruben Beccera (right) survey the election day scene, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at the Texas State Performing Arts Center. The O'Neill family's organization, Election Protection, has been around for more than 60 years and works year-round to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to vote and have that vote count.

 

Federal races in Hays County unofficial results

Incumbents are italicized.

 

U.S. Senator:

Mary “MJ” Hegar is the unofficial winner of the U.S. Senate race in Hays County with 51.22% of the votes.

 

John Cornyn, Republican: 45.62% (49,279)

Mary "MJ" Hegar, Democrat: 51.22% (55,319)

Kerry Douglas McKennon, Libertarian: 2.39% (2,579)

David B. Collins, Green: 0.75% (811)

 

U.S. Representative, District 35:

Incumbent Lloyd Doggett, Democrat, is the unofficial winner of the District 35 U.S. Representative race in Hays County with 62.08%.

 

Jenny Garcia Sharon, Republican: 32.82% (14,257)

Lloyd Doggett, Democrat: 62.08% (26,969)

Mark Loewe, Libertarian: 3.26% (1,417)

Jason Mata Sr., Independent: 1.84% (801)

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City Council Place 5 candidate Zach Sambrano talks to Texas State business management major Payton Murdock about voting, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, at the Texas State Performing Arts Center.

 

Previous updates before unofficial results can be viewed here:

 

9:22 p.m. update:

Hays County released its fourth polling location update at 9:22 p.m. Here’s what key races in San Marcos and Hays County look like now with 106,341 ballots cast and 43 of 48 polling locations reported.

In Hays County, Joe Biden maintains a lead of 54.46%, with President Donald Trump following at 43.35%. This is a federal race.

Incumbent Jane Hughson continues to lead the mayoral race, now with 45.12%, over Juan Miguel Arredondo with 32.65%.

Alyssa C. Garza continues to lead the City Council Place 3 race, now with 71.19%, over incumbent Ed Mihalkanin with 28.81%.

Shane Scott continues to lead the City Council Place 4 race, now with 54.86%, over incumbent Mark Rockeymoore with 45.14%.

Mark Gleason continues to lead the race for the vacant City Council Place 5, now with 35.47% over Omar Baca and Zach Sambrano with 32.73% and 31.80%, respectively. 

In the Hays County races, incumbent Gary Cutler continues to lead the sheriff race at 50.89%, with Alex Villalobos trailing closely at 49.11%. Incumbent Lon A. Shell continues to lead the commissioner precinct 3 race at 52.12%, with Lisa Prewitt trailing at 47.88%. 

Incumbent Erin Zweiner continues to lead the District 45 State Representative race in Hays County, now with 52.51%, following Carrie Isaac at 47.49%.

In Hays County, Mary “MJ” Hegar maintains a lead in the U.S. Senator race of 51.42% over Sen. John Cornyn’s 45.49%. In the U.S. Representative race, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett continues to lead, now with 62.28%, followed by Jenny Garcia Sharon at 32.71%.

 

8:43 p.m. update:

Hays County released its third polling location update at 8:43 p.m. Here’s what key races in San Marcos and Hays County look like now with 101,407 ballots cast and 27 of 48 polling locations reported.

In Hays County, Joe Biden maintains a lead of 54.84%, with President Donald Trump following at 43.07%. This is a federal race.

Incumbent Jane Hughson continues to lead the mayoral race, now with 45.94%, over Juan Miguel Arredondo with 31.84%.

Alyssa C. Garza continues to lead the City Council Place 3 race, now with 70.78%, over incumbent Ed Mihalkanin with 29.22%.

Shane Scott continues to lead the City Council Place 4 race, now with 54.98%, over incumbent Mark Rockeymoore with 45.02%.

Mark Gleason continues to lead the race for the vacant City Council Place 5, now with 35.75% over Omar Baca and Zach Sambrano with 32.87% and 31.39%, respectively. 

Incumbent Juan Miguel Arredondo continues to lead the SMCISD District 1 race, now with 59.78%, over James Bryant, Jr with 40.22%. Additionally, Mayra Mejia continues to lead the SMCISD District 3 race, now with 60.39%, over Nicholas Costilla with 39.61%.

In the Hays County races, incumbent Gary Cutler continues to lead the sheriff race at 50.65%, with Alex Villalobos trailing closely at 49.35%. 

Incumbent Lon A. Shell continues to lead the commissioner precinct 3 race at 52.20%, with Lisa Prewitt trailing at 47.80%. 

Incumbent Erin Zweiner continues to lead the District 45 State Representative race in Hays County, now with 52.89%, following Carrie Isaac at 47.11%.

In Hays County, Mary “MJ” Hegar maintains a lead in the U.S. Senator race of 51.82% over Sen. John Cornyn’s 45.24%. In the U.S. Representative race, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett continues to lead, now with 62.97%, followed by Jenny Garcia Sharon at 32.22%.

 

8:07 p.m. update:

Hays County released its second polling location update at 8:07 p.m. Here’s what key races in San Marcos and Hays County look like now with 99,867 ballots cast.

In Hays County, Joe Biden maintains a lead of 54.85%, with President Donald Trump following at 43.12%. This is a federal race.

As of 8:07 p.m., Mayor Jane Hughson continues to lead, now with 46.25%, with Juan Miguel Arredondo trailing with 31.57%.

Alyssa C. Garza continues to lead the City Council Place 3 race, now with 70.55%, with incumbent Ed Mihalkanin trailing with 29.45%.

Shane Scott continues to lead the City Council Place 4 race, now with 54.83%, with incumbent Mark Rockeymoore trailing by 45.17%.

Mark Gleason continues to lead the race for the vacant City Council Place 5, now with 35.81%, with Omar Baca and Zach Sambrano trailing at 32.94% and 31.25%, respectively.

In the Hays County races, incumbent Gary Cutler continues to lead the sheriff race at 50.73%, with Alex Villalobos now trailing closely at 49.27%. 

Incumbent Lon A. Shell leads the commissioner precinct 3 race at 52.33%, with Lisa Prewitt trailing at 47.67%. 

Incumbent Erin Zweiner continues to lead the District 45 State Representative race in Hays County, now with 52.87%, following Carrie Isaac at 47.13%.

In Hays County, Mary “MJ” Hegar maintains a lead in the U.S. Senator race of 51.83% over Sen. John Cornyn’s 45.30%. In the U.S. Representative race, U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett maintains a strong lead of 63.09%, followed by Jenny Garcia Sharon at 32.23%. These are state races.

 

7:11 p.m. update:

Hays County released its first polling location update at 7:11 p.m. Here’s what key races in San Marcos and Hays County look like now with 98,725 ballots cast.

In Hays County, Joe Biden currently leads the presidential race in Hays County at 55.04%, following President Donald Trump’s 42.95%. This is a federal race.

As of 7:11 p.m., Mayor Jane Hughson currently leads the mayoral race at 46.48%, following Juan Miguel Arredondo at 31.73% and Michael Sean Hathaway II at 9.11%.

Alyssa C. Garza leads the race for San Marcos City Council Place 3 at 70.53%, with incumbent Ed Mihalkanin trailing at 29.47%.

Shane Scott leads the San Marcos City Council Place 4 race at 54.54%, with incumbent Mark Rockeymoore trailing at 45.46%.

Mark Gleason leads the special election to fill the vacancy in City Council Place 5 with 35.57%, with Omar Baca and Zach Sambrano trailing with 33.12% and 31.32%, respectively. 

For the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District Trustee Elections, incumbent Juan Miguel Arredondo leads the SMCISD District 1 race with 59.66% over James Bryant Jr. with 40.34%. Mayra Mejia leads the SMCISD District 3 race with 60.55% over Nicholas Costilla with 39.45%.

In the Hays County races, incumbent Gary Cutler leads the sheriff race at 50.58%, with Alex Villalobos following closely at 49.42%. Incumbent Lon A. Shell leads the commissioner precinct 3 race at 51.72%, with Lisa Prewitt following closely at 48.28%. 

David L. Peterson leads the constable precinct 1 race at 70.02%, following Eliseo Galarza at 29.98%. Sherri Tibbe leads the 453rd judicial district judge race at 52.89%, following  incumbent David Junkin at 47.11%. Millie Thompson leads county court-at-law judge no. 3 at 51.88%, following incumbent Tacie Zelhart at 48.12%. Incumbent Jenifer O'Kane leads the tax assessor-collector race at 50.13%, following Daphne Tenorio at 49.87%.

Incumbent Erin Zweiner currently leads the District 45 State Representative race in Hays County at 53.05%, following Carrie Isaac at 46.95%.

In Hays County, Mary “MJ” Hegar leads the U.S. Senator race in Hays County at 52.03%, following Sen. John Cornyn at 45.14%. U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett leads the U.S. Representative race at 63.22% over Jenny Garcia Sharon at 32.17%. These are state races.

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