Two candidates are heading to a runoff in the special election for House District 2.

Encompassing Hunt, Van Zandt, and Hopkins counties, the seat was opened up in May after State Rep. Bryan Slaton, a Republican from Royse City, was expelled from the House.

The open seat saw five Republicans and one Democrat vying for the position.

With all counties reporting, attorney Brent Money took the top spot in the first round of voting, with businesswoman Jill Dutton coming in second place.

Dutton has become the chosen candidate for House leadership, receiving support from sources like Texans for Lawsuit Reform.

Money, meanwhile, has been much more vocal against House leadership, calling for House Speaker Dade Phelan to resign following the failed impeachment of Attorney General Ken Paxton.

With neither candidate surpassing 50 percent of the vote, the race will go to a runoff. The date will be set by Gov. Greg Abbott.

Brandon Waltens

Brandon serves as the Senior 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