Republican Gary Gates easily won the special election for the bellwether Texas House District 28 seat with 58 percent of the vote.
The race was hotly contested and quickly turned into a national contest with money and endorsements pouring in.
The Democrats believed if they won this election for a normally GOP seat they had a good chance of the ultimate Dem dream – turning Texas blue.
But the race wasn’t close and was over almost as soon as the results came in crashing Dem dreams again.
Democrat Eliz Markowitz who got just 42% of the vote said:
“We knew this election would be tough — it’s not easy to take on Republicans in an off-year special election, but we made this seat competitive in a way it’s never been before.”
“We head into November having established a movement for change and that movement will continue across the state of Texas through November.”
“This is a grassroots campaign dedicated to putting people over special interests, and we’ve built a network that will last for years to come.”
Republicans won handily a closely watched special election Tuesday to keep hold of a suburban Houston district that President Donald Trump won easily four years ago, fending off a national blitz by Democrats in a Texas legislative race.
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.
In final unofficial results, Gates polled 58% of the vote to 42% for Democrat Eliz Markowitz.
Presidential candidates Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren had endorsed Markowitz, and outside groups flooded the race with six-figure checks and television ads.
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.