Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock (R-Killeen) opted not to seek re-election, opening the HD54 seat for the first time since 2006. Three candidates filed for the seat: Killeen Mayor and homebuilder Scott Cosper, Harker Heights optometrist Austin Ruiz and Army veteran Larry Smith. Cosper (42%) and Ruiz (37%) advanced to a runoff.

Killeen represents almost half of the district’s registered voters, but it comprised just 23% of votes cast in the primary. Cosper received 46% of the vote in Killeen precincts, and Ruiz received 37% there. Turnout in Killeen precincts was just 7%.

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