January 16, 2021

Two Texas House Republicans are heading for runoffs

At least two Texas House incumbents are headed to a runoff to defend their seats after Tuesday night’s election results, while a couple of other members avoided such overtime rounds.

State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Canton, failed to get 50% of the vote, though he finished first in his three-way primary with all polling locations in House District 2 reporting. Flynn, who is seeking a 10th term, received 45% of the vote, while businessman Bryan Slaton, who has run for the seat twice before, got 35%. The winner of the runoff will face Democrat Bill Brannon on the November ballot, though the HD-2 seat is considered a safe Republican one.

In another historically Republican seat, House District 59, state Rep. J.D. Sheffield, R-Gatesville, is headed to a runoff with lawyer Shelby Slawson. Sheffield placed second in the three-way primary. Whoever wins the runoff will effectively represent the seat when the Texas Legislature reconvenes in 2021.

In two other closely watched races, the incumbents edged out their primary opponents. State Rep. Harold Dutton, a Houston Democrat who has served in the lower chamber since 1985, was close to entering runoff territory as results kept rolling in from House District 142, but seemed to fend it off after securing just over 50% of the vote. And state Rep. Alex Dominguez, D-Brownsville, outperformed his challenger with roughly 51% of the vote.

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