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Unofficial results show Eastman wins District 148 race; Gates takes District 28

Special Election
Special Election (KPRC)

HOUSTON – Voters in parts of Harris and Fort Bend counties headed to the polls Tuesday to decide who will represent them in the Texas House. Two races in question are Texas District 28 in Fort Bend County and Texas District 148 in Harris County.

Texas House 28: Gary Gates wins

The candidates for the Texas House District 28 race being decided Jan. 28, 2020 are seen in this graphic.
The candidates for the Texas House District 28 race being decided Jan. 28, 2020 are seen in this graphic. (KPRC)

10:10 p.m.

All 20 voting centers are reporting results:

CandidatePercent of voteVote tally
Gary Gates (R)58.05%17,457
Eliz Markowitz (D)41.95%12,617

With all centers reporting, the unofficial winner of the race for District 28 is Republican businessman Gary Gates who won over Democrat educator Eliz Markowitz.

Analysts are watching the race closely for signs of what may happen during the 2020 general election in November.

Texas House 148: Anna Eastman wins

The candidates for the Texas House District 148 race being decided Jan. 28, 2020 are seen in this graphic.
The candidates for the Texas House District 148 race being decided Jan. 28, 2020 are seen in this graphic. (KPRC)

9:25 p.m.

All 37 centers are reporting results:

CandidatePercent of voteVote tally
Anna Eastman (D)65.47%4,527
Luis La Rotta34.53%2,388

Unofficial results show Democrat Anna Eastman, a former member of the Houston Independent School District board won by a wide margin over Republican Luis LaRotta, a Navy veteran.

Chair of the Texas House Democratic Caucus, Rep. Chris Turner, issued a statement of congratulations to Eastman Tuesday night.

“It’s a pleasure to welcome Representative-elect Anna Eastman to the House Democratic Caucus,” Turner wrote. “I look forward to working with her on the issues that matter most to the district and to all of Texas — better schools, a stronger healthcare system, and safe communities across our great state.”


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