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Springer, Luther headed for runoff election in senate race

Joshua Baethge,
The Anna-Melissa Tribune
Shelley Luther

Republicans Drew Springer and Shelley Luther are headed to a runoff in the special election to replace District 30 State Sen. Pat Fallon.

According to the unofficial election results, Springer and Luther each got nearly 32 percent of the vote. Jacob Minter, the lone democrat in the six-person field, finished third with 21 percent.

Luther told supporters that she “refused to act like a politician” during a rally Tuesday night shortly after it became clear that she would be in the runoff.

“It's overwhelming to me the amount of support we have,” she said. “To meet people who have knocked thousands of doors for me for the first time at this party is really overwhelming.”

Springer issued a more reserved response, simply posting “On to the runoff!” on his social media platforms.

Locally, Luther had bested Springer by a much larger margin.

In Collin County, she received more than 34 percent of the vote with Springer placing a distant third with 20 percent. Minter placed second in the county, less than 200 votes behind Luther. The other three candidates each earned less than 500 votes each.

In Grayson County, Luther topped Springer by nearly 15 percent, garnering almost 38 percent to his 23 percent. Minter again placed second with 24 percent. None of the other candidates managed to top 7 percent of the vote.

Turnout for the election was extremely light. Less than 13 percent of Grayson Country voters participated. That was still more than Collin County, where only 7.57 percent cast a ballot.

The state senate seat came up for grabs this summer after Fallon was selected by the GOP to replace John Ratcliffe in the U.S. Senate. He is widely expected to beat his Democratic opponent Russell Foster in the November general election.

Springer and Luther have been considered the favorites from the start.

Springer, who is currently a state representative, received Fallon’s endorsement.

Luther rose to fame after disobeying Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order to close down her salon business. The move got her briefly thrown in jail, but also generated praise from many conservatives opposed to Abbott’s response to the pandemic.

During a speech a week before the elections, she referred to the governor as a “tyrant.”

Springer has called for the full reopening of all Texas businesses as well. He has also questioned the statewide mask mandate, though he has stopped short of attacking Abbot in the same manner as Luther.

Drew Springer