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Springer tops Luther in state runoff

By Joshua Baethge
Anna-Melissa Tribune
Drew Springer

Republican State Rep. Drew Springer topped Shelley Luther by nearly 13 percentage points in the Dec. 19 Texas Senate District 30 runoff.  He earned nearly 7,500 more votes than Luther, garnering 56.43 percent of the 57,754 votes cast.

  Springer will replace outgoing Sen. Pat Fallon who was elected to Congress last month. He said that he was honored that voters had entrusted him with the position. 

“As your next senator, I will continue advancing the conservative priorities of our district like reducing property taxes, securing the border, and standing up for our law enforcement and first responders who keep our communities safe,” Springer said. “I look forward to fighting for our students and teachers to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed whether the path is college or vocational/technical training. I will fight to ensure Texas remains the premier place in the nation to do business, so we can unleash the private sector to create jobs and move us out of this recession.”

Shelley Luther

Luther conceded the race late Saturday evening when it became clear that the contest would not go her way. She first came to fame after briefly going to jail for disobeying Governor Greg Abbot’s executive prohibiting her from opening her hair salon during the initial COVID-19 surge. During her concession remarks. She reminded supporters that just nine months ago she was a small business owner with no political experience.

“Then Governor Abbott and some Democrats in Dallas put me in jail for opening my salon,” she said. “Those same politicians spent nearly three million dollars, most of which unfortunately got spent on lies about me in an effort to stop our movement. What they don’t know is that it only emboldens me more. I won’t back down, and I’m not going anywhere.”

Governor Abbott campaigned hard for Springer.  Luther at times referred to him as a “tyrant governor.”  After the results came in, Abbott congratulated Springer for his “overwhelming victory,” and said he looked forward to working with him.

While the district-wide total strongly favored Springer, local votes narrowly preferred Luther. In Collin County, she took 3,880 of the 7,671 votes cast, giving her a 50.58 percent to 49.42 percent advantage in the county.

Things were equally tight in Grayson County where 4,661 voters chose Luther, giving her 53.29 percent of the 8,786 vote cast. 

The District 30 State Senate seat opened up after President Donald Trump named Congressman John Ratcliffe to be the next Director of National Intelligence. Previous District 30 State Senator Pat Fallon then successfully ran to replace him in the US House of Representatives.  He will be sworn-in Jan. 5.  

Springer will take his seat when the 2021 Texas legislative session begins Jan. 12.