In the primary playoffs, Rep. Glenn Rogers defended his seat in House District (HD) 60 from challenger Mike Olcott with 52% of the vote and a mere margin of 316 ballots. June 2, Olcott posted on social media that he had filed a request for a recount.

Olcott explained that he accepted the results when he was 752 votes behind, but changed his mind when the difference narrowed to 309.

This development has caused a flood of calls from our supporters concerned about the changing numbers,” Olcott wrote. “In order to ensure the peace of our community, I filed a petition yesterday to formally request a recount of the relief paper ballots.

“While I don’t expect foul play, HD 60 voters deserve full confidence that every legal vote was counted and the result was accurate. I hope a recount will do just that. .

In the March 1 primary, Rogers won 44% of the vote to Olcott’s 36%, forcing both to a runoff.

Rogers was endorsed by Gov. Greg Abbott after the start of the runoff campaign and by Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont), who has donated more than a quarter million dollars to the Rogers campaign.

Candidates were particularly divided on issues like school choice.

Rogers criticized school vouchers, a proposal to increase school choice, as a “slippery slope” that would undermine public education. According an analysis by political scientist Mark P. Jones of Rice University, on a scale of 82 Texas House Republicans, Rogers ranks 29th among liberals.

Olcott received the endorsement of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who indicated he would not endorse any candidate who did not support the school’s choice. Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas Matt Rinaldi praised Olcott as an “honest man” with a “servant’s heart” and called the attacks on Olcott “lies”.

Abbott said school choice will be a hot topic in the 88th session of the Texas Legislature next year.