Jan 29, 2020 by

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1.28.20 – Texas Tribune

[COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER:  Republican candidate Gary Gates will join the Texas House.  Yesterday he received 58.05% of the vote while Democrat Markowitz (a Katy educator) received a dismal 41.95%.  

As the first Texas election in 2020, this shows me that voters are determined to keep Texas Republican in spite of well-known Dems Joe Biden, Michael Bloomberg, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, and Julian Castro all throwing their support behind Markowitz.  

I believe this election indicates that voters in Texas and hopefully in the entire country are sickened by the Dems’ leftist, socialist/Communist platform and that people who stayed home during the 2018 elections are raring  to vote Republican in 2020. The good news for Texas is that yesterday’s attempt by the Dems to flip Texas did not work.]

  By Patrick Svitek     Excerpts from this article:   Republican Gary Gates will be Texas House District 28’s new state representative — a blow to Democrats hoping to flip the lower chamber this year, reports The Texas Tribune’s Patrick Svitek. Gates, who will finish the term of former state Rep. John Zerwas, will hold office until January. 

He ran against Democrat Eliz Markowitz in an overtime round that drew massive attention from Democrats in the form of endorsements and campaign donations. A victory by Markowitz, a Katy educator, would have brought state Democrats within eight seats of the majority in the Texas House. 

Both Gates and Markowitz are also running for the full term that begins next year and will appear on the March 3 primary ballot. Markowitz is unopposed, while Gates faces minimal competition. That means they could face off again in November. 

Even before Zerwas stepped down, Democrats were eyeing the seat as a pickup opportunity. He won reelection in 2018 by 8 percentage points, while Beto O’Rourke came within 3 points of carrying the Fort Bend County district.

Democrats went all in. At least three presidential candidates got involved, national and state groups poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race and O’Rourke made it his top political priority since ending his White House bid in November. 

Gates, a businessman who has unsuccessfully sought office several times before, loaned himself over $1.5 million while weathering attacks stemming from a 2000 child-abuse case. He had the support of Gov. Greg Abbott once he advanced to the runoff, and other statewide officials jumped in as early voting began last week…
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