In a Close Race, HD-108 Contest Waits For Final Election Tally

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ElectionWith less than 500 votes separating Joanna Cattanach and Republican incumbent Morgan Meyer in the State House 108 race, the outcome of the race will continue to be uncertain for a few more days.

With all the precincts in — but not all the provisional and mail-in ballots counted — Meyer is currently ahead of Cattanach by 440 votes — the slimmest of margins. The 108th includes the Park Cities and parts of Dallas.

Meyer, an attorney, is considered to be a moderate Republican of the Joe Straus’ vein. Cattanach, a college professor, spoke candidly during the campaign of her experiences as a foster child and her advocacy for women and children.

“Every vote matters and we are determined to make sure the correct outcome of this race includes all ballots including provisional and mail-in ballots,” campaign spokesperson Jacob Limon said Wednesday evening. “As such, our campaign will work with the County elections department until ALL ballots are counted.”

“Our campaign staff and volunteers, our supporters and allies, and most especially the voters in House District 108 deserve a factual and thorough count, and we have the time in which to pursue such action,” he added.

An hour earlier, Meyer and his wife, Keana, made their own statement.

“We are honored and grateful for the support and to be returning to the Texas House to work on behalf of families, and Texas,” they said on Facebook.

If the final tally swings Cattanach’s way, she would be the 13th state house seat the Democrats pick up — the most ever for the party. It would also mean that only one GOP incumbent retains her seat in the Dallas area — Angie Chen Button.

Some interesting statistics from last night:

  • U.S. House districts nationwide that flipped to Democrats did so by an average shift of 21 points, the New York Times reported. In Texas, that shift was 32 points.
  • Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Attorney General Ken Paxton were re-elected with margins of 5 points or less.
  • Veronica Escobar (El Paso) and Sylvia Garcia (Houston) became the state’s first Latinas elected to Congress.
  • Turnout statewide topped 8.3 million. In Dallas County, 727,371  voted — 54.33 percent of all registered voters.
  • Despite the record turnout, about 7.5 million registered voters didn’t cast ballots in this election. Another nearly 2.3 million were eligible to vote but not registered.


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Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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