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Calanni’s lead widens, Bohac’s edge narrows in close Texas House races

November 15, 2018

An updated vote count in two razor-thin Texas House races yielded mixed results for a pair of Harris County Republican incumbents Wednesday night.

Fresh tallies of absentee and provisional ballots narrowed state Rep. Dwayne Bohac’s margin over Democrat Adam Milasincic to 47 votes, while incumbent Republican Mike Schofield of Katy trailed Democratic challenger Gina Calanni by 113 votes.

Harris County Commissioners Court will make the results official Friday, according to the county clerk’s office. Candidates may request a recount if they trail by less than 10 percent of the total number of votes received by the leading candidate, meaning both races are well within the requisite margin.

As it stood Thursday, Bohac’s lead amounted to less than one tenth of a percent, out of 48,417 votes. Calanni led by a more comfortable .17 percent, among 66,675 votes. Election night returns had showed Bohac leading by 72 votes and Calanni up by 97 votes.

Either way, the results mark a dramatic shift from 2014, when Schofield and Bohac, R-Houston, last faced Democratic foes. That year, the two Republicans won by more than 30 percentage points, each roughly doubling their opponents’ vote totals.

Schofield faced a libertarian in 2016 and Bohac ran unopposed.

This year, libertarian Daniel Arevalo collected 1,106 votes in Schofield’s House District 132, nearly 10 times the margin separating Calanni and the incumbent. Each district included several hundred ”under votes,” meaning voters cast ballots for other contests but did not check the box for any candidate in the two Texas House races.

House District 132 runs from Katy to Cypress in west Harris County, bordered to the east by Bohac’s District 138, which stretches to the 610 West Loop.

Schofield first was elected to the Texas House in 2014, while Bohac has held his seat since being elected in 2002.

If Commissioners Court certifies the totals without flipping the results, House Republicans would outnumber Democrats 83 seats to 67 in the 2019 legislative session, barring recounts and two other unsettled races.

In the 108th House District, Democrat Joanna Cattanach requested a recount Wednesday, the Dallas Morning News reported. She trailed incumbent state Rep. Morgan Meyer, R-Dallas, by 221 votes, according to Dallas County elections results updated Wednesday.

In Collin County, state Rep. Matt Shaheen, R-Plano, led Democrat Sharon Hirsch by 391 votes in the 66th House District, according to the county’s elections site. Hirsch had not conceded as of Thursday morning.

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