In Texas’ 11th Congressional District, August Pfluger won the Republican nomination with 52 percent of the vote. Avoiding a run-off, the victory makes Pfluger the next likely person to represent the constituents of the district in Washington D.C.
While Jon Mark Hogg, the only Democratic candidate to run for the seat, will also be on the ballot in November, he’ll have a next-to-impossible battle winning the election in a district that is rated with a Cook Partisan Voting Index of R+32.
Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX-11) has been serving in the district since after it was redrawn in 2004, but he announced his retirement earlier last year.
Less than three weeks after Pfluger entered the race, he had already raised an astonishing $700,000. As the clear frontrunner, all eyes were watching to see which candidate might be the most likely to push Pfluger into a runoff.
But despite the crowded field, Pfluger managed to slide past the 50 point mark needed to win the primary outright, according to the latest unofficial results from the Texas Secretary of State.
“Thank you TX-11,” said Pfluger in a Facebook post. “I’m proud to have earned your faith and support! Huge momentum and confidence in our conservative, and completely positive, grassroots campaign. Camille and our entire family are completely humbled. Today, thanks to your prayers and hard work in getting us here, we can begin preparing for the next phase of this journey. Thank you! I’m ready to take our TX-11 issues to Washington and immediately go to work with President Trump to keep TX-11 and America great!”
After a forum in Granbury, Pfluger told The Texan that securing the border would be his top policy priority if elected.
“We need to make sure that we are preventing the human trafficking, the drugs, and the crime that is flooding across the border,” said Pfluger.
Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. While recently finishing his degree in Political Science from Azusa Pacific University, he also interned in the U.S. Senate and co-authored a book on C. S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy. In his spare time, he might be reading up on Dostoevsky or attempting to write a novel.