Olcott explained that he had accepted the results when he was 752 votes behind, but changed his mind when the difference narrowed to 309.
“That development caused a flood of calls from our supporters concerned with the changing numbers,” Olcott wrote. “In order to provide our community peace, I filed a petition yesterday to formally ask for a recount of the backup paper ballots.
“While I do not expect foul play, HD 60 voters deserve to have full confidence that every legal vote was counted and the outcome was accurate. My hope is a recount will do just that.”
In the March 1 primary, Rogers took 44 percent of the vote compared to Olcott’s 36 percent, forcing the two into a runoff.
Rogers was endorsed by Gov. Greg Abbott after the runoff campaign began and by Speaker of the Texas House Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont), who donated more than a quarter-million dollars to Rogers’ campaign.
The candidates were particularly divided on issues like school choice.
Rogers criticized school vouchers, one proposal for increasing school choice, as a “slippery slope” that would undermine public education. According to an analysis by political scientist Mark P. Jones of Rice University, on a scale of the 82 Republicans in the Texas House, Rogers ranks as the 29th most liberal.
Olcott received the endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who indicated he would not support any candidate who did not support school choice. Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas Matt Rinaldi praised Olcott as an “honest man” with a “servant’s heart” and decried attacks against Olcott as “lies.”
Abbott has indicated school choice will be a hot item in the 88th session of the Texas Legislature next year.
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Rob Laucius is the Assistant Editor of The Texan. A Texas native, he graduated summa cum laude from Hillsdale College in 2022 with a degree in History and has interned for the U.S. House of Representatives and Veterans Administration. In his free time, Rob enjoys reading and writing, watching movies, and long walks around his neighborhood.