Frazier received 64 percent of the vote while Chabot received 36 percent. The district is rated R-58% on The Texan’s Texas Partisan Index, indicating a strong likelihood of a Republican victory on Election Day in November.
Chabot made accusations of sign stealing against Frazier, whose campaign reportedly refuted them as baseless.
Though campaign cash does not guarantee a victory, Frazier did have a fundraising advantage over Chabot.
In the campaign finance report due before the runoff, Frazier reported $275,000 in campaign contributions with $35,000 in cash on hand and $208,000 in expenses. He also reported $30,000 in campaign debt.
Meanwhile, Chabot’s campaign banked only $31,000 with $23,000 in cash on hand and $127,000 in outstanding loans. He reported $88,000 in expenditures.
After his loss, Chabot commented that he “could not be more proud” of his campaign, but he also took a jab at his opponent.
“We faced an enormous uphill battle against a campaign overwhelmingly funded by lobbyists and public employee unions and associations using funds in round after round of dishonest mailers to voters. Unfortunately, these tactics have an impact on the outcome of elections. This race was no different,” Chabot wrote in a social media post.
For his part, Frazier celebrated his victory and looked forward to Election Day.
“WE WON! We are so excited to have received the winning vote in the Runoff Election last night! We’d like to thank our family, friends, volunteers, and supporters for their tireless effort and dedication to our campaign,” Frazier wrote on social media.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better turnout at the polls, and Tracie and I are looking forward to the race in November!”
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Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."