Lopez falls short in Texas Senate Race

By Austin Jackson | Published Saturday, November 10, 2018
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BRIDGEPORT’S OWN – Kevin Lopez, the Texas Senate District 30 Democratic nominee, and his wife, Erin Lopez, track the early election results Tuesday night at Dos Chiles Grandes in Bridgeport. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

After 12 months of speaking engagements, meeting voters door-to-door, and touring college campuses, Texas Senate District 30 Democratic nominee Kevin Lopez brought his campaign against Republican nominee Pat Fallon back to where it first kicked off.

Surrounded by dozens of family members and friends at Dos Chiles Grandes in his hometown of Bridgeport, he watched the returns.

Lopez, who serves on the Bridgeport City Council gave Fallon, a three-term member of the Texas House, a considerable fight.

As early numbers rolled in, Lopez was hopeful, seeing Denton County split 50-50. But as the night grew late, the margin widened. Fallon received 73.9 percent of votes in the Texas Senate District 30 race compared to Lopez’s 26.1 percent.

“While I am disappointed with the results, I respect the decision of the voters,” Lopez said. “This election is encouraging for the future of Texas. Increased engagement, high turnout, and more registered voters is great for our democracy and our state. Although I will not be in Austin as a representative for Senate District 30, I will continue to work to improve this area. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard this election.”

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COMMUNITY FIRST – Kevin Lopez, the Texas Senate District 30 Democratic nominee and Bridgeport city council member, speaks with supporters at his election watch party at Dos Chiles Grandes in Bridgeport Tuesday night. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Fallon received 233,949 votes and Lopez received 82,449.

Education and infrastructure were front and center on Lopez’s platform. On the Bridgeport City Council, Lopez worked on initiatives to improve drinking water and bring fiber optic infrastructure for internet to Wise County.

In Wise County, Fallon received 83.17 percent of votes with Lopez receiving 3,821 votes.

Lopez entered the race at the last minute, filing at the deadline in Austin while battling the flu. Shortly after, he announced his campaign at Dos Chiles in Bridgeport.

Bringing the campaign back to where it first kicked off was important, Lopez said.

“It’s like being home with family being in Bridgeport; I wouldn’t have it any other way,” Lopez said. “I started it here at Dos Chiles, and I finished it here. It’s a celebration. We wanted to be here with the community. They’ve been such big supporters in Bridgeport and in surrounding communities.”

In a statement, Lopez said the race in District 30 has been a journey.

“Running for Texas Senate has been an extraordinary experience,” Lopez said. “I want to spend the last evening on the campaign trail with the people who made it possible – my loving wife and children, my family and friends, and all of the supporters and volunteers who made this journey possible.”

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