NEW BRAUNFELS — Incumbent U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith easily defeated two challengers in Tuesday’s Republican primary for U.S. House District 21.

With 252 of 279 precincts reporting, Smith had received 50,894 votes, or 76.7 percent. Richard Mack was second with 9,775, or 14.7 percent, and Richard Morgan was third at 5,692, or 8.5 percent.

In Comal County, Smith won 8,831 votes, or 79.24 percent.

Smith will face Democrat Candace E. Duval, who beat Comal County’s Daniel Boone 61 percent to 39 percent. Boone, however, carried Comal by a 448 to 303 margin.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Ruben Hinojosa cruised to an unofficial victory in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in U.S. House District 15.

With 269 of 297 precincts reporting, Hinojosa had 28,241 votes, or 70.3 percent.

David Cantu was a distant second at 4,890 votes, or 12 percent.

Others receiving votes included Jane Cross, Johnny Partain and Ruben Ramirez.

Hinojosa will face the winner of July 31 run-off between Eddie Zamora and Dale A. Brueggemann. Zamora won 34.8 percent of the Republican vote and Brueggemann won 30.6 percent.

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