Note: This story has been updated with election results and new reporting.
AUSTIN (KXAN) — Longtime Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett is headed to the November general election in the race for the newly-created Texas District 37, KXAN projects.
Doggett had roughly 80% of the vote in the Democratic primary as of late Tuesday night.
“I’m overjoyed to know that I have the confidence of my neighbors,” Doggett told KXAN. “They recognize my commitment and determination to provide this community the best representation it could have.”
District 37 is one of two congressional districts Texas gained as a result of the 2020 U.S. Census.
The district, which encompasses most of Austin west of I-35 and a small portion of southern Williamson County, packs together Democratic votes and retains a Republican majority in surrounding districts.
Doggett has called District 37’s crafting “gerrymandering” on the part of the Republican legislators who redrew the lines during the last legislative cycle, something GOP lawmakers have denied.
That said, the congressman told KXAN Tuesday he was happy the creation of District 37 gave his entire family the ability to vote for him for the first time in years.
Doggett received 79.17% (59,502) of the vote, Donna Imam got 17.77% (13,356), Chris Jones got 1.99% (1,496) and Quintin Beaubouef got 1.07% (804).
Doggett has served in Congress since 1995, previously representing Districts 10, 25, and 35. District 37 would be the fourth congressional district Doggett has represented if elected in November.
“There’s so much left to accomplish,” Doggett told KXAN late last month. “My efforts in the ‘Build Back Better’ legislation were designed to provide healthcare coverage to about two million Texans who have been left out and left behind on the expansion of Medicaid.”
The congressman faced three challengers in the Democratic primary — computer engineer Donna Imam who ran for the 31st Congressional District in 2020, and political newcomer Chris Jones, a director at a transportation company.
KXAN was unable to reach the fourth Democratic candidate, Quinton Beaubouef, ahead of the primary.
The District 37 Republican primary is headed for a runoff election with frontrunner Jenny Garcia Sharon just short of 50% of the vote. She finished with 47% of the vote and will take on Rod Lingsch in the May runoff.
Lingsch finished just ahead of Jeremiah Diacogiannis 28% to 25% to earn a spot in the runoff.
Rod Lingsch was the candidate in second place late Tuesday. He, too, ran for Congress in 2020 but lost in the Republican primary for South Texas’ District 34.
The third candidate in the race was U.S. Navy Veteran Jeremiah Diacogiannis who recently moved to Austin from California.