Wilson will not seek to recount in the Texas House District 13 GOP primary | Local government and politics
Dennis Wilson, Republican candidate for the new House District 13 seat, decided not to seek a recount in the March 1 primary race that saw Angelia Orr beat him by 411 out of nearly 20,000 votes cast.
Wilson said the possible cost of such a recount outweighed the likelihood of garnering enough votes in the Seven-County District to alter the result.
“It’s just not economically feasible,” he said Monday. “I just hate to wave that white flag, but I’ll move on to other projects.”
The primary pitted Orr, a former Hill County district clerk, against Wilson, a former Limestone County sheriff, for the House seat that state lawmakers created last year when redistricting the state after the 2020 census. The district encompasses Bosque, Hill, Falls, Limestone, Freestone, and Leon counties and the eastern portion of McLennan County, including approximately 60,000 East Waco residents.
Orr carried Hill, Bosque and Freestone counties, while Wilson showed his strength in Limestone, Falls, Leon and McLennan counties. In McLennan County, Wilson got 1,125 votes to Orr’s 848.
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Party presidents ratified the votes cast on March 10 with Monday the deadline for filing a recount petition with the secretary of state’s office. With each party chairman able to select four election workers to handle a recount and their salaries, a large-scale recount could cost Wilson several thousand dollars, he said.
The candidate’s county campaign organizers reported no incidents suggesting the results weren’t accurately reported, Wilson added, leading him to determine that a recount likely wouldn’t change the outcome. final. “It just didn’t work out,” he said.
The Republican primary winner praised her opponent for a tough but fair race.
“He was a very good opponent and campaigner. It was a good, nice, clean race,” said Orr, who still faces a general election in November. “I will be happy to work with him as a lawmaker. and to work with him on any legislation he chooses to introduce.”
Wilson thanked his campaign organizers for their work.
“I’m proud of the race I ran and I’m very honored by the people who helped me,” he said.
Orr will face Democratic challenger Cedric Davis in the Nov. 2 general election. Davis, the city manager of Marlin, defeated Cuevas Peacock of Waco by 2,474 votes to 892 in the Democratic primary.
Nearby primary races such as that in District 13 have drawn attention to how ballot and ballot restrictions passed by the Texas Legislative Assembly last year could affect voting, especially that conducted by mail where new ID requirements resulted in a higher number of invalid ballots.
In McLennan County, 160 of 2,136, or 7.5%, mail-in ballots for all primary races were rejected, county election administrator Jared Goldsmith said. “That’s certainly more than in the past, where we typically have less than 50 discarded ballots,” he said. Most refusals were due to voters not writing the required security number, either a voter registration number or a driver’s license number, on the ballot envelope as well as than on the ballot, he said.
Of the 2,641 mail-in ballots sent out by the elections office, 414 were not returned while 91 people requesting ballots opted to vote in person instead.
The next election for residents of McLennan County will be municipal and school races on May 7, which will also see two state constitutional amendments regarding property tax cuts for public schools. Run-off elections for state offices will be held on May 24.
Polls will be held for Republicans for state attorney general, railroad commissioner and land commissioner. Democrats have a runoff for the state attorney general, lieutenant governor, state comptroller and land commissioner.