Tuesday marked the GOP primary runoff elections, and voters are ushering in their Republican candidates for open seats.

In House District 12, Trey Wharton overwhelmingly defeated Ben Bius—taking just over 72 percent of the vote.

Wharton was endorsed by Gov. Greg Abbott, the Texas Farm Bureau, and the Texas Alliance for Life. Current HD 12 State Rep. Kyle Kacal (R-College Station) decided not to run for reelection after voting against school choice last year.

Bius was endorsed by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller.

In House District 29, Jeffrey Barry defeated Alex Kamkar. Barry—endorsed by the Texas Association of Firefighters, Texas Right to Life, and Agriculture Teachers Association of Texas—won over 58 percent of the total votes.

Kamkar, endorsed by Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, received 41 percent. Current HD 29 State Rep. Ed Thompson (R-Pearland) did not run for reelection.

In House District 30, AJ Louderback has secured just over 55 percent of the vote—compared to Jeff Bauknight’s near-45 percent.

Louderback was endorsed by Paxton, Patrick, and Miller. Bauknight was endorsed by Abbott and current State Rep. Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria), who had announced her retirement from the legislature.

House District 97, the fourth and final open seat, was incredibly close. John McQueeney narrowly beat Cheryl Bean 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent.

HD 97 was previously represented by State Rep. Craig Goldman (R-Fort Worth), who defeated business owner John O’Shea for U.S. District 12 following the retirement of U.S. Rep. Kay Granger.

Bean received endorsements from Sen. Cruz, Attorney General Paxton, Lt. Gov. Patrick, and Agriculture Commissioner Miller.

McQueeney was endorsed by Gov. Greg Abbott, Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker, Crowley Mayor Billy Davis, and State Rep. Jared Patterson (R-Frisco).

The Republican primary runoff winners will face Democrat challengers in the November general election.

Will Biagini

Will was born in Louisiana and raised in a military family. He currently serves as a journalist with Texas Scorecard. Previously, he was a senior correspondent for Campus Reform.

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