Pro-Life & Pro-Religious Freedom Candidates Have Strong Showing in Texas Primary

March 5, 2020
Topic: Elections

Tuesday night’s Republican Primary Election saw several big victories for pro-life & pro-family conservative candidates across Texas and set the stage for several important primary runoff elections that will be held on May 26.

In two of the most highly contested open-seat Texas House GOP races, Texas Values Action endorsed State Rep. candidates Lacey Hull (HD 138) and Jeff Cason (HD 92) both won outright victories, securing over 50% of the vote in 3-way races.

Other Texas Values Action endorsed State Rep. candidates also performed strongly, securing the most votes, in several other contested open-seat Texas House GOP races. In HD 45, pro-family conservative Carrie Isaac was the top vote getter at 48% and will be headed to a runoff. In HD 60, pro-family conservative Jon Francis received 46% of the vote and will be headed to a runoff. And in a crowded 5-person race in HD 47, pro-family conservative Jennifer Fleck received the most votes and is headed to a runoff.

Texas Values Action endorsed incumbent State Reps. Briscoe Cain (HD 128) and Jared Patterson (HD 106) also both easily fended off primary challengers. Rep. Cain and Rep. Patterson have both been recognized as Faith & Family Champions for their strong voting records in the 2019 Texas Legislative Session.

In the most closely watched Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) race to fill the open seat by retiring SBOE member Ken Mercer, Texas Values Action endorsed Lani Popp is headed to a runoff. Ken Mercer, a longtime pro-family champion on the board, has also endorsed Lani Popp.

At the top of the ticket statewide, President Donald Trump secured a resounding victory in the Republican Primary with 94% of the vote. President Trump, who has worked throughout his first term to protect life and religious freedom, won more votes in Texas than the top 4 Democratic candidates (Biden, Sanders, Bloomberg, and Warren) did combined.

Finally, Texas GOP voters overwhelmingly passed 10 propositions on the ballot on Tuesday as we expected.  Voters voiced their strong support for protecting parental rights (Proposition 5), protecting Texas children from radical transgender ideology (Proposition 6), and for protecting religious freedom as it relates to prayer in public schools (Proposition 1). Texas Values Action recommend a YES vote on Propositions 1, 5, and 6.

These strongly supported propositions are a good indicator of important issues that voters want state leaders to address in the 2021 legislative session.

While Tuesday’s results were a strong showing for conservative candidates committed to protecting life, religious freedom and pro-family values, the May 26 Runoff Election is critically important to ensure that the strongest possible pro-family candidates are on the ballot in November to face the increasingly radical Democratic candidates throughout Texas.

Stay tuned to Texas Values Action and our endorsement page for more updates as we head to the May 26th Runoff and on to the General Election in November.

View all Texas Primary Election results here.

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