In one of the few Texas House seats to change party control, Rep. Sarah Davis (R-Houston) lost her reelection bid to House District (HD) 134 against Democrat Ann Johnson.
Davis conceded on social media on Wednesday morning, saying, “Please join me in congratulating [Ann Johnson] for her victory last night. I wish her much success in the upcoming legislative session, and am thankful for my 10 years of service to HD 134!”
HD 134 was the most Democratic-leaning district held by Republicans, according to an analysis from The Texan.
Davis has been rated as the most liberal Republican in the legislature, which earned her the support of Democrats in the blue-leaning district in previous races.
Republicans running in statewide elections received a median vote of 44 percent in 2018, but Davis skated by against her Democratic opponent with 53 percent of the vote.
But this year, Davis failed to secure the majority she needed to hold the district for another term before the upcoming redistricting.
With all of the precincts reporting according to the Harris County clerk, Johnson won with 52.3 percent of the vote against Davis’ 47.7 percent — about a 5,000 vote margin.
Johnson declared victory shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning.
“I am honored to be the Representative-Elect for TX HD 134,” said Johnson. “From the beginning, this campaign has been about the people in this community. To all those who worked on the campaign, volunteered time, contributed & voted for me, this victory would not have been possible without you.”
Johnson thanked Davis for representing the district and said that she would “work hard every day to earn” the support of the constituents who backed Davis.
“Let’s fight for working families, education, common sense gun reform & Medicaid expansion. I will work with Reps & Dems to ensure we’re investing in ordinary Texans & small businesses during this pandemic so our communities can build back from this economic recession stronger,” said Johsnon.
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Daniel Friend is a reporter for The Texan. He participated in a Great Books program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2019 with a degree in Political Science. He has studied C.S. Lewis’s science fiction trilogy and in his spare time you might find him writing his own novel partly inspired by the series.