Buckingham wins Republican primary runoff for state Senate District 24 seat

Early votes are counted for State Senate District 24 primary election runoff.

Early votes are counted for State Senate District 24 primary election runoff.

Updated May 24 at 10:20 p.m.


With all precincts reporting districtwide, unofficial final voting results show Dr. Dawn Buckingham, with 61.34 percent of the vote, or 26,413 votes, the winner of the Republican primary election runoff for the state Senate District 24 seat over Susan King, who tallied 38.65 percent of the vote, or 16,645 votes.

"I think the voters have spoken decisively," said Tom Mechler, chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. "It's a great win for Dr. Buckingham."

Buckingham could not be reached for comment.

All results are unofficial until canvassed.

Posted May 24 at 7:05 p.m.


Unofficial early voting results released May 24 indicate Dr. Dawn Buckingham is leading the primary runoff election for the Republican nomination for the state Senate District 24 seat with 51.07 percent of the vote, or 190 votes, in the entire district, which covers the counties of Bandera, Bell, Blanco, Brown, Burnet, Callahan, Comanche, Coryell, Gillespie, Hamilton, Kerr, Lampasas, Llano, Mills and San Saba as well as parts of Taylor and Travis counties. Candidate Susan King has 48.92 percent of the vote, or 182 votes, in the entire district.

Candidate Virginia “Jennie Lou” Leeder ran unopposed for the Democratic nomination for the District 24 seat. The winner of the May 24 Republican runoff will face Leeder in the November general election.

The seat was vacated by former Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay.

During a Jan. 20 forum conducted by the Central Texas Water Coalition, Buckingham, an ophthalmologist and former Lake Travis ISD school board member, said she wanted to “decrease the footprint of government we feel in our everyday lives.”

At the same forum, King, a nurse and House District 71 representative from Abilene, said the problem with District 24 “is the collaboration between municipal needs, industry [needs] and rural [needs].”

All results are unofficial until canvassed.