Despite predictions from liberal media personalities, and millions of dollars of outside money to elect Democrat legislators in Texas, Republicans will retain control over the state legislature.

Going into Tuesday night, Republicans held 83 of the 150 Texas House seats, meaning Democrats needed to flip nine seats in order to win.

As early voting results came in after 7 p.m., those aspirations were all but dashed from the get-go. 

In Dallas County, Republican State Reps. Morgan Meyer (Dallas) and Angie Chen Button (Garland) narrowly defeated their Democrat opponents.

In Collin County, Republican State Reps. Jeff Leach (Allen) and Matt Shaheen (Plano) similarly eked out wins.

In Harris County, while pro-abortion Republican State Rep. Sarah Davis (West University Place) fell to Democrat challenger Ann Johnson, Republicans gained another seat, as Republican Mike Schofield reclaimed the seat he lost to Democrat Gina Calanni (Katy) just two years ago.

And though Democrats set sights on taking seats back in Tarrant County, they were unable to gain a single seat in the county despite challenges to Republican State Reps. Craig Goldman (Ft. Worth), Tony Tinderholt (Arlington), and Jeff Cason.

While results are unofficial, the margin is currently slated to stay the same: 83 Republicans and 67 Democrats, putting Democrat predictions of a blue legislature in 2021 to an end.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Managing Editor for Texas Scorecard. After managing successful campaigns for top conservative legislators and serving as a Chief of Staff in the Texas Capitol, Brandon moved outside the dome in order to shine a spotlight on conservative victories and establishment corruption in Austin. @bwaltens

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