Final update 8:30 a.m.
With 41 out of 41 precincts reporting, incumbent Rick Miller has been re-elected as the District 26 state representative with 39,672 votes, or 57.87 percent, compared to opponent Sarah DeMerchant, who garnered 28,876 votes, or 42.13 percent. All results are unofficial until canvassed.
Posted 10:00 p.m.
Incumbent Rick Miller likely winner for state Rep. District 26 seat
With 40 out of 41 precincts reporting, incumbent Rick Miller has likely been re-elected as the District 26 state representative with 33,668 votes, or 59.11 percent, compared to opponent Sarah DeMerchant, who garnered 23,291 votes, or 40.89 percent. All results are unofficial until canvassed.
Miller said he is looking forward to continuing to serve as the District 26 state representative.
"I'm honored to have the privilege to serve," he said. "In an election where voters chose divided government, they remain overwhelmingly committed to the ideals I have devoted my life to. I look forward to representing the wonderful citizens of my community again when the Texas House reconvenes in January."
Posted 7:45 p.m.
Incumbent Rick Miller leads race for state Rep. District 26 seat
According to unofficial early voting results, incumbent Republican Rick Miller is leading the vote for the District 26 state representative with 32,058 votes, or 58.72 percent, compared to opponent Democrat Sarah DeMerchant, who has gained 22,540 votes, or 41.28 percent. All results are unofficial until canvassed.
Posted at 5:30 p.m.
Incumbent Rick Miller, Sarah DeMerchant compete for state Rep. District 26 seat
Incumbent Rick Miller, R, and Sarah DeMerchant, D, are vying for the state Rep. District 26 position.
If re-elected, Miller said his top priorities would be fighting for foster children in the Texas Child Protective Services system, fighting for veterans and offering viable alternatives for healing and other veteran issues, fiscally responsible appropriations biennial budget and tax relief for all Texans.
Miller has prior work experience in the Legislature and has been a member of the House Appropriations and Public Health Committees.
DeMerchant said if she was elected, her top priorities would be property taxes and education. DeMerchant plans to place limits on the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District so residents find relief in the property appraisal process. She will also push to reinstate $5.4 billion in public education cuts from 2011 and will vote against Fresh Choice, which offers to pay families $7,800 per child via a debit card to homeschool their children.
DeMerchant has worked in information technology for the past 20 years as a consulting manager and is now an adviser for the board of a billion dollar company.