A special runoff election for the 30th State Senate District in Texas came to a close last night, with State Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) besting Businesswoman Shelley Luther for the position in the contentious race.
The race had been the result of a constant domino effect of legislators moving to new positions creating vacancies in office.
Now former State Senator Pat Fallon, who last held the seat, resigned his office after being appointed to fill the congressional vacancy left when President Donald Trump appointed Congressman John Ratcliff as the Director of National Security. With Fallon’s seat vacant, Gov. Greg Abbott declared a special election to fill the unexpired term this past October.
The special election saw Luther narrowly take first place heading into a runoff against Springer for the position. Meanwhile, Springer was also running for and re-elected to his seat in the Texas House of Representatives in November.
With Springer’s victory in the December 19th runoff, he will now have to resign the office he currently holds and was re-elected to, thus triggering another special election to fill the vacancy in his house seat.
According to election results data from the Texas Secretary of State, Springer pulled 32,599 votes, or 56.45% to Luther’s 25,146, or 43.55%
Luther conceded to Springer in a post on social media, congratulating him on his win, thanking her supporters, and ended with addressing the upcoming legislative session.
“Voters are demanding the conservative results that both I and Drew Springer promised. I hope they are given those results in 2021,” Luther’s statement read.
In his victory statement, Springer also thanked his supporters and weighed in on some of the issues he plans to address in the upcoming legislative session.
“Honored that the citizens of Senate District 30 have entrusted me with this position,” Springer wrote.
“As your next senator, I will continue advancing the conservative priorities of our district like reducing property taxes, securing the border, and standing up for our law enforcement and first responders who keep our communities safe.”
With the next session of the Texas Legislature set to begin in January, Gov. Abbott is expected to soon announce a date for the special election to fill Springer’s seat in the Texas House.
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