In a race that put many on the edges of their seats, Rep. Angie Chen Button (R-Richardson) appears to have prevailed over Democrat Brandy Chambers in a rematch for the Dallas County Texas House district.
With all precincts reporting, the most recent tally shows Button with 33,710 votes or 48.9 percent, while Chambers received 33,487 ballots or 48.59 percent of the vote.
The close race is reminiscent of the 2018 contest in which Button defeated Chambers by only about a thousand votes, except this time Button has prevailed with an even slimmer margin.
While Button has not explicitly declared victory, on Wednesday afternoon she did thank those who participated in the election.
“It is a beautiful day in [House District 112]. THANK YOU to every single person that voted in this election!” Button said on Twitter. “I am so proud of our amazing, dedicated, brilliant and hard-working team.”
Button ran on decreasing taxes and cutting “red tape” on the economy, while also highlighting her legislative role in combating human trafficking. Chambers supported abortion rights during her campaign, as well as criminal justice reform, LGBT issues, and environmental issues.
The race for House District 112 — which includes portions of Garland, Richardson, Rowlett, Sachse, Wylie, and Dallas — at times became heated. Chambers accused Button of supporting discrimination while Button accused Chambers of supporting socialism.
Button also blasted Chambers for promoting “the importance of diversity in the Texas Legislature” while running against the only Asian-American woman in either the Texas House or Texas Senate.
Chambers emphasized her own support for broadening access to health care and criticized Button for her opposition to Medicaid expansion.
Button’s campaign raised $953,840 while Chambers’ campaign raised $216,983.
Button and Rep. Morgan Meyer (R-Dallas) are the only Republican state representatives from Dallas County. Meyer was also reelected on Tuesday.
The Texan has reached out to both campaigns for comment.
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Hayden Sparks is a reporter for The Texan in Dallas. During the academic year, he coaches high school competitive speech and debate and has also been involved in community theater and politics. A native Texan, Hayden served as a delegate at the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2016. He is on track to receive a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Liberty University. In his free time, Hayden is known to take walks around the neighborhood while listening to random music on Spotify.