by: Anastasia Balzer Barrera
AUSTIN (KXAN) — A vacant seat in Texas House District 52 has created a favorable race for Republicans in Texas.
Republican candidate Caroline Harris should win the seat, beating the Democrat Luis Echegaray. Harris garnered nearly 56% of the vote Wednesday morning with 92% declaring.
The district, which covers parts of Leander, South Georgetown, Taylor, Hutto and surrounding Williamson County, has been represented by James Talerico, D-Texas, since 2018. But Talerico’s decision to run for re-election in the new District 50 opened the door to both candidates.
Harris is a conservative Republican who has gained considerable attention through the support of high-profile Republican-led organizations and individuals, such as Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC and Representative Dade Phelan of district 21.
Compared to Harris, who raised more than $1.2 million for his campaign, Luis Echegaray was endorsed with a total of $34,615. The U.S. Army veteran focuses on improving AV services and the advancement of mental health care services, particularly for veterans and children.
Republicans were favored to win the district in November.