Republicans Springer, Luther to meet in runoff for Texas Senate District 30 seat

State Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, and Republican Shelley Luther of Dallas received the two highest numbers of votes in the Sept. 29 special election for the Texas Senate District 30 seat. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
State Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, and Republican Shelley Luther of Dallas received the two highest numbers of votes in the Sept. 29 special election for the Texas Senate District 30 seat. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

State Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, and Republican Shelley Luther of Dallas received the two highest numbers of votes in the Sept. 29 special election for the Texas Senate District 30 seat. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)

State Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, and Republican Shelley Luther of Dallas are headed to a runoff for the Texas Senate District 30 seat recently vacated by Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper.

Springer and Luther received the two highest numbers of votes among six candidates in the Sept. 29 special election. There were less than 100 votes separating the two. Springer received 21,903 votes for 31.83% of the vote to Luther’s 31.7% with 21,814 votes, according to unofficial results. The runoff will be held because no candidate received at least 50% of the total votes cast. Gov. Greg Abbott has not yet determined a date for the runoff.

The District 30 seat represents 14 counties, including a portion of Collin County. Fallon vacated the seat after being nominated to run in the Nov. 3 election for the U.S. House of Representatives District 4 race. That position was left open when former Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Heath, became director of national intelligence in the Trump administration earlier this year.

Also receiving votes in the District 30 special election were:

• Republican Craig Carter, who received 3,802 votes;


• Republican Andy Hopper, who received 2,471 votes;

• Democrat Jacob Minter, who received 14,493 votes; and

• Republican Chris Watts, who received 4,324 votes.

Nearly 9,000 voters cast ballots in Collin County during the special election. Luther received 34.10% of those, followed by Minter with 32.02% and Springer with 20.36%. Watts received 5.38% of the votes from Collin County, while Hopper received 4.3% and Carter got 3.85%.
By William C. Wadsack
William C. Wadsack is the senior reporter for the Plano and Richardson editions of Community Impact Newspaper. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana before joining Community Impact Newspaper in 2019.


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