Election 2000

Chronicle Election Coverage

Texas Legislature Results

Nothing could be more dull than the Texas legislative races. No U.S. House race was closer than 10 points, leaving the D.C. delegation 17-13 Democrat. In the state Senate, the supposed squeaker in District 3 turned into a blowout, as GOP state Rep. Todd Staples stomped all over lawyer David Fisher to hold the Republicans' 16-15 edge in the upper house. (Much closer, actually, was the re-election victory of Dallas' David Cain.) And on the east side of the Capitol, Ds and Rs traded exactly one seat each in the state House of Representatives -- Chuck Hopson taking Staples' open House seat in Palestine, and David Langefeld losing his re-election bid in Stephenville. The only really close race was in Huntsville, where incumbent Democrat Dan Ellis held on by his cuticles. This leaves the House as it was, 78-72 Democrat.


District

Republican

Democrat

Hold/Pickup

Senate-3 (East Texas)

Todd Staples

David Fisher

R hold

House-11 (Palestine)

Paul Woodard

Chuck Hopson

D pickup

House-18 (Huntsville)

Ben Bius

Dan Ellis*

D hold

House-48 (Austin)

Jill Warren

Ann Kitchen

D hold

House-59 (Stephenville)

Sid Miller

David Lengefeld*

R pickup

Winners in bold type; * indicates incumbent

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