With all 211 precincts reporting, Republican Joan Huffman has won the race for Texas Senate District 17. The unofficial tally has 24,431 votes for Huffman, and 19,104 for Democrat Chris Bell, who has issued a concession speech.
The two met head-to-head after neither earned the majority of the votes in a crowded Nov. 4 race to fill Kyle Janek’s seat.
“This election was a victory of public service over politicians as usual,” Huffman said in a statement late Tuesday. “I am grateful for the support I have received from the citizens of Senate District 17 and am honored that they have selected me as their state senator.”
“I look forward to the challenges of this office and pledge to work from sun-up to sundown for the families of Senate District 17,” Huffman added.
“I entered this race because I truly believe it is vital for us to change the overall direction of our state. Though we came up short tonight, I am very proud of the campaign we have run – a campaign that focused on the issues that matter to the people of Texas and Senate District 17,” read Bell’s statement. “I traveled across this district and visited with so many of its residents about the concerns they face. It only reinforced my belief that in order to create a brighter future for our kids, we must act now to implement real education and health care reform. I want to thank all of my supporters and campaign volunteers who worked tirelessly to bring real reform to the Texas Senate. We could not have made it without your time, energy and commitment to this campaign and to the future of Texas.”