Pilot Point salon owner Shelley Luther and Rep. Drew Springer (R-Muenster) are headed to a runoff to fill the unexpired term of Sen. Pat Fallon (R-Prosper).

Luther edged out Springer for first place by 164 votes, 32.2%-31.9%. Democrat Jacob Minter came in third with 21% of the vote. The remaining three candidates received 14.7% of the vote combined.

These results are unofficial, and they use Clay Co.’s own election reporting system’s results rather than the results reflected for the county by the Secretary of State as of press time. If the Clay Co. numbers reported to the Secretary of State are correct, then Springer finished 89 votes ahead of Luther.

Turnout was just south of 11% across the district. Turnout was highest in Cooke Co. (19%), which is Springer’s home county. Turnout exceeded 18% in Jack, Montague and Young Cos.

The runoff election date will be set by Gov. Greg Abbott (R). Sec. 203.013, Election Code provides that a runoff shall be on a Tuesday or Saturday not earlier than the 12th day and not later than the 25th day after Abbott orders it.

PRES (Lean Republican): A Univ. of Massachusetts-Lowell poll (PDF) shows President Trump leading Democratic challenger Joe Biden, 49%-46%, among likely voters.

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