“I am truly humbled. Thank you,” Miller wrote in a victory statement. “Together with the legislature and all of you, we will pass compassionate use, fund our rural healthcare, ban China from buying TX lands, and unleash our resources to meet our water and power needs for the next 100 years!”
Miller won with 56.4 percent of the vote compared to Hays’ 42.6 percent.
Hays’ campaign issued a concession statement saying she intends to keep working on the policies she campaigned for.
“While my campaign is over, the fight to restore integrity at the Department of Agriculture isn’t. The fight to expand Medicaid, save rural hospitals, and create a thriving rural economy, isn’t,” Hays wrote. “I will continue to advocate for all these crucial priorities and more in the future. I want to thank everyone who supported this campaign.”
Miller will begin his third four-year term in January.
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Matt Stringer is a reporter for The Texan who writes about all things government, politics, and public policy in West Texas. He graduated summa cum laude from Odessa College with an Associate Degree in Paralegal Studies and is presently finishing a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Leadership. In his free time, you will find him in the great outdoors, usually in the Davis Mountains and Big Bend region of Southwest Texas.