Incumbent state Rep. Myra Crownover fought off a challenge from the right, edging past opponent Read King in the Republican primary.
Crownover received 54.9 percent of the vote in complete but unofficial returns.
“It was an interesting and long day — I was outside from 7 to 7 at the polls,” she said.
Crownover, 66, of Denton, will now take her bid for an eighth term in the Texas House District 64 seat to the general election in November, where she’ll face Democrat Emy Lyons.
“I think the voters of District 64 have said they want conservative issues and facts over rhetoric, and I think our community has expressed their priorities of economic opportunities, education, infrastructure and sound fiscal discipline,” Crownover said.
This was the first time King, 44, an independent insurance broker in Denton, ran for public office after serving as a precinct chairman in the Denton County Republican Party for the past six years.
King, who returned a call for comment after the print deadline, said he expected this result about a few weeks ago as early voting began, but was happy to get such a large chunk for his first time to run in this election.
"It was an incredible experience and we got a lot done, for a first time run against such a Goliath," he said. "If we would have had another month to go, it would have been a different story."
The election drew statewide interest because King received money from the Accountability First Political Action Committee, based in Austin. This was one of 27 Republican state representative races to which the PAC contributed.
“I think it’s also a rejection of outside interests that don’t know what’s important to the people of Denton County,” Crownover said of her victory.
JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @JennaFDuncan.