With all precincts reporting, King received 76 percent of the vote while Norred received 24 percent of the vote, according to the Texas Secretary of State. Decision Desk called the race in King’s favor. Powell went unchallenged in the Democratic primary.
Norred conceded to King just after 1:00 a.m. as it became “most likely” the state representative would win the race.
“I have called Phil and congratulated him on his pending victory and offered my support. I and Annette have been blessed by this short chapter of our lives, particularly the new friendships developed and rekindled old ones,” Norred wrote on social media.
Norred included an invocation he had offered at his campaign’s watch party, in which he prayed for wisdom and protection for King.
The Texas Legislature redrew SD 10 to favor Republicans during its third special session. The district covers portions of Tarrant County and Parker County, as well as the less populated counties of Brown, Callahan, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, and Stephens.
The district, which was previously represented by Sen. Konni Burton (R-Colleyville), was rated D-51% on The Texan’s Texas Partisan Index prior to the redistricting process. After lawmakers redrew SD 10, its new rating is R-60%.
Powell was among a handful of Democrats who voted for additional funding for Operation Lone Star, the border security operation started by Gov. Greg Abbott last summer.
She has filed suit against the State of Texas over the new maps, alleging that they were formed on a racially discriminatory basis.
King received the endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). He was first elected to the Texas House in 1998.
Norred is representing Dallas County Commissioner J.J. Koch (R-District 2) in his lawsuit against Democratic County Judge Clay Jenkins’ mask mandate for the commissioners court.
Editor’s note: Former state Sen. Konni Burton is the founder and CEO of The Texan.
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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."