Collin County businessman Pat Fallon, 50, has unseated longtime state Sen. Craig Estes, 64, for the GOP nomination to State Senate District 30, which covers a large portion of North Texas, including northern Denton County.
In November, Fallon faces opposition from Democrat Kevin Lopez. He also likely faces opposition from Keely Briggs, a Denton City Council member who plans to run for the seat as an independent.
Fallon stepped down after three terms in the Texas House to challenge Estes. He swept up about 60 percent of the vote in far-flung District 30, easily avoiding the threat of a runoff posed by a third candidate, Craig Carter, who entered the race late last fall.
Senate District 30 covers all or part of 14 North Texas counties and runs from Wichita Falls to Stephenville to Anna in Collin County. Most of Denton, but not all of it, is part of District 30.
The two political heavyweights threw their best punches for most of the campaign. While the final campaign finance reports aren't in, Fallon loaned his campaign $1.8 million early on, positioning himself to spend $3 for every dollar Estes had raised.
Estes said he was surprised at the results.
"Nobody wants to come up short and I came up short by a lot," Estes said. "I'm just proud that I've been able to represent the district for all these years."
"I'm humbled to have been able to serve," Estes added.