Although a decade has passed since U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess first took office, Denton County voters in District 26 decisively decided Tuesday they want another term with the longtime Denton County resident and physician.
Burgess, R-Lewisville, took a commanding lead in early voting, garnering nearly 70 percent of the vote — with only 74 of 158 precincts reporting at press time — to defeat his opponents, Democrat David Sanchez and Libertarian Mark Boler.
Burgess could not be reached for comment on his victory Tuesday night.
Sanchez, who pulled in about 27.5 percent of the votes in the 74 precincts reporting, said he and his staff ran the campaign they wanted to run.
“For the amount of support we have been getting, I think it is something we can really build on and I don’t think this fight’s over,” Sanchez said late Tuesday. “I may lose tonight, but I don’t think the Democratic Party is going to stop fighting.”
Sanchez, who said from the outset his goal was to get more people registered and bring awareness and education to voting and political issues in Denton County, said the numbers he received will be something party officials will continue to work on.
“The people decided they wanted him to represent them, so congratulations to him,” Sanchez said.
For Boler, who previously lost a congressional bid in 2010, his numbers this time appeared a little better than the last campaign.
“I just look at it that way that each time we run we get a little bit better,” he said. “A lot of times, though, people now are voting against the other guy they think might win. In the predominately two-party system, voting against the other guy tends to block out any other third-party candidates,” Boler said. “We’re still fighting that. If people would vote their conscience, we would do a little better.”
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