Out of the roughly 7,400 votes cast in the runoff, Schatzline garnered almost 65 percent.
After it was clear he would be the Republican nominee, Schatzline thanked his family, staff, supporters, and volunteers in a Facebook post.
Schatzline, a pastor who works for a nonprofit ministry helping human trafficking victims, wrote, “Thank you Jesus for trusting me with this great honor and responsibility.”
Hill, the former mayor of Southlake, congratulated Schatzline for his win and added, “I am certain we in HD93 will be well taken care of by Nate Schatzline and I wish him nothing but the best.”
Schatzline’s campaign was largely focused on cultural issues that have been at the fore of recent political battles, including critical race theory and what many consider graphic and inappropriate content about sexual issues in school texts and library books. He also hopes to bring property tax relief to the constituents of the district.
He earned endorsements from his predecessor Rep. Matt Krause (R-Fort Worth), Tarrant County Sheriff Bill Waybourn, and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, along with Texas Values, Texas Right to Life, and multiple local Republican clubs and leaders.
House District 93 was previously held for 10 years by Krause, who lost his race to be the Republican nominee for Tarrant County District Attorney in a runoff on Tuesday.
Schatzline will face Democratic nominee KC Chowdhury in the November general election.
According to The Texan’s Texas Partisan Index (TPI), the redistricting map of HD 93 makes it strongly lean Republican. Its previous TPI score was 54, meaning 54 percent of votes in that district went to Republicans. With redistricting, it now has a TPI score of 60.
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Kim Roberts is a regional reporter for the Texan in the DFW metroplex area where she has lived for over twenty years. She has a Juris Doctor from Baylor University Law School and a Bachelor's in government from Angelo State University. In her free time, Kim home schools her daughter and coaches high school extemporaneous speaking and apologetics. She has been happily married to her husband for 23 years, has three wonderful children, and two dogs.