AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Veteran state Rep. Lois Kolkhorst has won a Texas Senate special election to replace Comptroller-elect Glen Hegar.
Unofficial results indicate the Republican from Brenham received 21,833 votes — or 56 percent of the total votes — with all precincts reported.
Hegar resigned his Senate District 18 seat after his election as comptroller last month.
Kolkhorst was endorsed by Hegar, outgoing Gov. Rick Perry and Gov.-elect Greg Abbott. She campaigned on border security in a mostly rural district running between parts of Harris County and Corpus Christi.
Saturday’s crowded race featured two other Republicans: businessmen Gary Gates, who had the next highest vote total with 13,414, and Charles Gregory. Democrats Cindy Drabek and Christian Hawkins also ran.
The 2015 legislative session begins Jan. 13.
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