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Incumbents Defeated Across Texas in Legislative Races

While Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) survived his primary race against Mike Canon and Victor Leal, some of Texas' other state legislators were not so lucky.

First, in the Texas Senate, Republican voters ousted Senator Craig Estes in District 30. State Representative Pat Fallon emerged with a majority of the vote in the bitter three-way primary for the spot. Fallon won 62 percent to Estes' 23 percent and Craig Carter's 15 percent.

In the Texas House, voters turned out a handful of incumbents. Republicans in District 23 selected Mayes Middleton, a Governor Greg Abbott-backed candidate, over incumbent Wayne Faircloth. Middleton won 57 percent to Faircloth's 43 percent.

In Texas' District 46, Democrat Dawnna Dukes missed a runoff for her spot. Dukes finished third in a six-candidate Democratic field with 10 percent. Jose "Chito" Vela and Sheryl Cole advanced to the Democratic runoff for Dukes' spot.

Democrats in the Texas House District 104 turned out incumbent Roberto Alonzo in their primary. Alonzo finished with 38 percent to challenger Jessica Gonzalez's 62 percent.

Meanwhile, in House District 114, Republicans chose antique shop owner Lisa Luby Ryan over incumbent Jason Villalba. Ryan won 53 percent to Villalba's 47 percent.

In District 116, former State Representative Trey Martinez Fisher won his spot back from the incumbent. Fisher won the Democratic primary with 51 percent, defeating incumbent Diana Arévalo, who finished the night with 49 percent.

Democrats in District 118 were also ready for change, ousting incumbent Tomas Uresti. Uresti won 43 percent to challenger Leo Pacheco's 57 percent.

Some incumbents facing major challenges did survive their primaries, however. In District 134, Republican Sarah Davis won renomination over challenger Susanna Dokupil. Davis, who was being targeted with attack ads run by Governor Abbott's campaign, won 56 percent to Dokupil's 44 percent.

The winners of their primaries will advance to the November general election.

Photo by ABC 11

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