AUSTIN, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – With 70% of precincts reporting, Air Force veteran Mary “MJ” Hegar leads longtime State Senator Royce West in the U.S. Senate Democratic Primary runoff election 52% to 48%.

This is Hegar’s second attempt at public office.

West, a Dallas attorney, was first elected to the Texas Senate in 1992.

Hegar won the primary election 22% to 14% for West in a 12-person race.

The winner of this runoff takes on incumbent Republican Senator John Cornyn.

Sen. Cornyn has held the office since 2002.


Democratic Primary Runoff Between MJ Hegar And Royce West For US Senate Becomes More Bitter