Democratic primary for Texas House District 148 race headed to runoff

Five Democrats are competing for a spot on the ballot for District 148, covering parts of the Heights, Northside and Northwest Houston (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)
Five Democrats are competing for a spot on the ballot for District 148, covering parts of the Heights, Northside and Northwest Houston (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

Five Democrats are competing for a spot on the ballot for District 148, covering parts of the Heights, Northside and Northwest Houston (Emma Whalen/Community Impact Newspaper)

For additional Houston-area primary coverage, visit https://communityimpact.com/election-texas-2020-primary/houston/.

Updated 9:13 a.m. CST

Incumbent Rep. Anna Eastman, who was elected less than two months ago, will face challenger Penny Morales Shaw in the May runoff. Eastman was elected to serve the remainder of retired Rep. Jessica Farrar.

Competing to serve the next term, Eastman earned just over 40% of the primary vote and Morales Shaw earned 22%. The runoff winner will compete against Republican Luis La Rotta in the General Election. La Rotta ran unopposed in the primary.

Updated 10:26 p.m. CST


With 140 out of 410 voting centers reporting, three front runners are emerging in the race for Texas House District 148. Incumbent state Rep. Anna Eastman leads with 40.05% of the vote trailed by challenger Penny Morales Shaw who has 23.46% of the vote and Adrian Garcia who has 19.57% of the vote. To avoid a runoff, which would be held in May, Eastman must earn 50% of the vote.

Posted 7:10 p.m. CST

Early voting returns show state Rep. Anna Eastman leading the race for Texas House District 148 with 42.07% of the vote.

Five Democrats—incumbent Rep. Anna Eastman, Cynthia Reyes-Revilla, Penny Morales Shaw, Adrian Garcia and Emily Wolf—are competing for a spot on the ballot for District 148, which covers parts of the Heights, Northside and Northwest Houston.

Behind Eastman are Morales Shaw with 24.81% of the vote, Garcia with 18.24% of the vote, Reyes-Revilla with 8.58% of the vote and Wolf with 6.29%.

The primary election winner will compete against unopposed Republican Luis La Rotta in the general election this November.

In January, voters elected state Rep. Anna Eastman, D-Houston, in a special election to fill the seat vacated by retired Rep. Jessica Farrar. Now voters return to the polls to cast a ballot for contenders to compete in the November general election for the seat's next term.

Editor's note: this post has been updated for clarity.
By Emma Whalen
Emma is Community Impact Newspaper's Houston City Hall reporter. Previously, she covered public health, education and features for several Austin-area publications. A Boston native, she is a former student athlete and alumna of The University of Texas at Austin.


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