With the retirement of long-time representative and conservative stalwart Rep. Jonathan Stickland (R-Bedford), House District 92 in Tarrant County was one to watch for both Republicans and Democrats heading into Super Tuesday.
In the end, conservative Jeff Cason defeated his GOP opponents, Jim Griffin and Taylor Gillig, with 54.1 percent of the vote to their respective 36.6 percent and 9.3 percent totals.
A key question heading into the evening was whether or not Tarrant County Republicans would seek another tea party conservative in Jeff Cason or move in a more moderate direction with Griffin or Gillig.
Throughout their campaigns, both Cason and Griffin garnered strong grassroots support in the local community from various organizations and local officials.
As the former Bedford mayor with a long involvement in public service, Griffin had strong momentum throughout his campaign with endorsements from various organizations, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Texas Alliance for Life.
Cason, however, had strong support from the community as well, earning notable endorsements from Texas Right to Life, Empower Texans, and Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn.
Gillig, a retired U.S. Marine, also earned notable support among Hispanic and young voters heading into the election.
The probability of a run-off between Cason and Griffin wasn’t out of the question.
Ultimately, however, Cason secured enough votes on Tuesday night to secure the Republican nomination going into the November election.
Texas Democrats came close to flipping the seat in the 2018 election. Jeff Whitfield, who secured the Democratic nomination last night, will square off against Cason this fall.
Whitfield defeated Democratic challenger Steve Riddell with 56.2 percent of the vote to Riddell’s 43.8 percent.
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Sarah McConnell is a reporter for The Texan. Previously, she worked as a Cyber Security Consultant after serving as a Pathways Intern at the Department of Homeland Security – Citizenship and Immigration Services. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M as well as her Master of Public Service and Administration degree from the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M. In her free time, Sarah is an avid runner, jazz enthusiast, and lover of all things culinary.