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%.