The 10-way GOP primary race to succeed retiring Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Conaway for Texas’ 11th Congressional District was full of suspense throughout election night, with the race holding right on the edge of being a runoff between August Pfluger and Brandon Batch.

It wasn’t until well after midnight that a handful of holdout precincts came trickling in, putting the race for Pfluger over the top.

Pfluger had been hanging at 49 percent, but the final influx of votes—particularly from Tom Green County—put him over the top with 52.15 percent of the vote.

“I’m proud to have earned your faith and support,” Pfluger wrote in an online statement regarding his victory. “Huge momentum and confidence in our conservative, and completely positive, grassroots campaign.”

Brandon Batch, who placed second with 15.06 percent, conceded to Pfluger Wednesday morning, writing on Facebook, “I can only hope he represents this district with the distinction it deserves.”

Coming in at third place was Wesley Virdell, who garnered 7.34 percent of the vote.

The other candidates placed respectively:

Jamie Berryhill: 6.96%

J. Ross Lacy: 4.45%

J.D. Faircloth: 3.93%

Casey Gray: 3.72%

Robert Tucker: 2.92%

Ned Luscombe: 1.93%

Gene Barber: 1.53%

Pfluger will now head into the November 2020 general election, facing Democrat Jon Mark Hogg, Independent Jeffrey Cady, and Libertarian Wacey Cody.

Matt Stringer

Matthew Stringer is from Odessa, TX and serves as a West Texas Correspondent for Texas Scorecard.


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