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State Senate race heads to runoff

by | Nov 18, 2020 | Latest

A political newcomer and a veteran state representative, both Republicans, will head to a runoff election on Dec. 19 to decide who will fill the District 30 seat in the Texas Senate.

Early voting will begin Dec. 9 to elect Shelley Luther or Drew Springer to the vacant seat.

Voters cast ballots Tuesday, Sept. 29, in a special election for the state senate post that became vacant when Pat Fallon resigned to run for the Texas District 4 post in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Out of a 6-candidatefield of five Republicans and one Democrat, 4-term state Rep. Springer of Muenster and Luther of Pilot Point, a Dallas salon owner who was jailed briefly for defying a state order that closed salons in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, wound up in a virtual dead heat.

Each of the frontrunners received a little more than 31 percent of the vote.  A candidate would have had to top 50 percent to avoid a runoff.

Luther received a slight edge with 22,135 votes (32.17 percent) over the district to 21,971 (31.93 percent) cast for Springer.  A total of 68,807 votes were recorded throughout the 14 counties in the district.

The state senate district includes a sliver of Collin County, including the cities of Princeton, Farmersville, and part of Wylie.

In Collin County, Luther received 3,056 votes and Springer received 1,825 out of a total of 8,963 votes cast.

Other district wide vote totals were Democratic hopeful Jacob Minter, 14,592; Christ Watts, 4,284; Craig Carter, 3,413; and Andy Hopper, 2,432.

The runoff will allow the seat to be filled before the Texas Legislature convenes in January 2021 for its biennial session.

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