Democrats were hoping to use this race as evidence that Texas is turning purple but that plan has appeared to have backfired.
Texas Republicans dominated in a key Texas state House race on Tuesday against a leftist candidate backed by failed Senate and failed presidential candidate Robert Francis O’Rourke.
“The victory by Republican Gary Gates, who put more than $1.5 million of his own money into his run for state House District 28, is sure to bring a sigh of relief for the GOP in a race that was being tracked far beyond Texas. By the final weeks, the race had escalated into the first big special election of 2020,” The Associated Press reported. “In final unofficial results, Gates polled 58% of the vote to 42% for Democrat Eliz Markowitz.”
In addition to O’Rourke, Markowitz received endorsements from leftist Democrat presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg and Elizabeth Warren.
“Beto O’Rourke practically made the district a second home after ending his own presidential campaign in November, spending weekends knocking on doors in Katy’s affluent neighborhoods,” the AP continued. “One national Democratic group called Forward Majority, which is spending millions of dollars nationwide to flip GOP-controlled statehouses, says it has spent $400,000 on the race, at least four times what the group spent on any other Texas district in 2018.”