“We always felt like this would be a very close election, despite none of the ‘pundits’ predicting it,” Hopper stated in a press release issued March 14.
“With an election this close, I feel as if we owe it to everyone to make sure the votes were counted properly, and this manual recount will help ensure that.”
Unofficial election results from the Texas Secretary of State’s office show Stucky leading Hopper by 101 votes. Hopper says county results have narrowed that gap to 88 votes as absentee ballots roll in.
Many of these incumbents, including Stucky, faced challenges from the right.
In his press release, Hopper accuses Stucky of being a moderate, noting his “F” grade on a prominent conservative watchdog group’s scorecard, his middling position in the Texas GOP according to an academic ranking of House members from most liberal to most conservative, and his acceptance of $85,000 from Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont).
Stucky had the slimmest margin of victory of any incumbent in the Texas House on March 1, squeaking past the halfway point with 50.27 percent of the vote compared to Hopper’s 49.73 percent.
Hopper’s major endorsements include Gun Owners of America, Grassroots America, the Texas Homeschool Coalition, and Texas Eagle Forum.
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