Democrats fail to flip North Texas seats in race to regain control of State House

Democrats were hoping to recapture the Texas House on election night, but the latest voting results show that likely will not happen this year.

In their effort to flip nine seats to take over the majority of the House, Texas Democrats raised a combined $6.7 million in three months while Republicans took in $5.3 million, according to the most recent filings.

There were 10 seats contested in Dallas County, nine seats in Tarrant County, five in Collin County, and four seats in Denton County.

Here are some of the most notable North Texas races that could sway the majority of the House:

House District 66 – West Plano
Matt Shaheen* (R) – 50% 42,275
Sharon Hirsch (D) – 48% 41,171
Shawn Jones (L) – 2% 1,578

House District 67 – East Plano
Jeff Leach* (R) – 52% 48,601
Lorenzo Sanchez (D) – 48% 45,180

The GOP just managed to hang on to seats in Collin County in the last election in 2018, and it seems that is happening again this year. Incumbent Republican Matt Shaheen is leading by just about 1,000 votes for Texas House District 66. Over in District 67, Republican Jeff Leach has a more solid lead with 52% of the votes.

House District 92 – Hurst-Euless-Bedford
Jeff Cason (R)  – 51% 37,893
Jeff Whitfield (D)  – 47% 34,681
Brody Mulligan (G)  – 2% 1,437

With 93% of precincts reporting, Republican Jeff Cason is the likely victor with 51% of the votes in the race for the District 92 seat. Democrat Jeff Whitfield is just about 3,000 votes behind.

House District 108 – Park Cities
Morgan Meyer* (R)  – 49% 47,021
Joanna Cattanach (D)  – 49% 46,085
Ed Rankin (L)  – 2% 2,050

There was some late-race drama. Democrat Joanna Cattanach was narrowly leading Republican incumbent Morgan Meyer by about 700 votes with 97% of precincts reporting. Now, it appears Meyer won that race with a late-night surge by around 1,000 votes.

House District 112 — Garland-Richardson-Rowlett
Angie Chen Button* (R)  – 49% 33,368
Brandy Chambers (D)  – 49% 33,121
Shane Newsom (L)  – 2% 1,686

Democrat Brandy Chambers was leading Republican incumbent Angie Chen Button by about 400 votes, with 97% of precincts reporting. It was potentially another seat Democrats could flip. But now, Chen button has taken the race by less than 200 votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting. We knew this was probably going to be close when Gov. Greg Abbott showed up to knock on doors in Richardson with Chen Button just over a week ago.