Mount Pleasant insurance agent and former Upshur Co. Comm. Cole Hefner nearly won a five-way primary for the seat being vacated by Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola). Hefner, who received 46% of the vote, faces former Lindale ISD trustee Jay Misenheimer, who received 27% of the vote.

Hefner won five of the district’s six counties. But for Smith Co., Hefner would have won without a runoff. He received a majority vote in Camp (77%) and Titus (65%) Cos. and nearly received a majority vote in Morris (49%), Rains (46%) and Wood (47%) Cos. The portion of Smith Co. in HD5 comprised 34% of the total votes cast, and Hefner received 31% there, more than a thousand votes behind Misenheimer (42%).

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