State Rep. Drew Springer trumps Shelley Luther in Texas Senate runoff

State Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster, spoke during a Texas Tribune panel in 2019. Credit: Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

State Rep. Drew Springer of Muenster prevailed over fellow Republican Shelley Luther in a special election runoff for a state Senate seat that was animated by Gov. Greg Abbott and his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Luther is the Dallas salon owner who was jailed earlier this year over her refusal to close her business due to coronavirus restrictions. Throughout the race, she was an outspoken critic of Abbott, who endorsed Springer in the runoff and spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of his own campaign funds to beat back Luther in the race to succeed outgoing state Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper.

Abbott took to Twitter Saturday night to congratulate Springer on an "overwhelming" win.