Jacksboro attorney and Jacksboro ISD trustee David Spiller will face Nocona boot manufacturer Craig Carter in a runoff election to fill the unexpired House term of Sen. Drew Springer (R-Muenster). Both are Republicans.

Spiller at times flirted with an outright win but came up well short after Cooke Co., the district’s most populous and last reporting county, reported its Election Day votes. He finished with 44%. Carter, Jacksboro financial planner John Berry and Cooke County Judge Jason Brinkley took various turns in second place. Carter received 18% of the vote, finishing 57 votes ahead of Berry (17%) and 162 votes ahead of Brinkley (16%). Outstanding overseas absentee and provisional ballots remain to be counted, but they are unlikely to be in sufficient number to affect the outcome.

Childress retired postal employee Charles Gregory, the lone Democrat in the race, finished last with 4% of the vote.

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