Mesquite businesswoman Cindy Burkett narrowly avoided a runoff in the District 101 Republican primary, winning just over 50 percent of the vote to defeat former Mesquite Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Greg Noschese and former state Rep. Thomas Latham. She will face freshman Democratic Rep. Robert Miklos in November.
Burkett won 50.42 percent of the vote. Noschese had about 33 percent, and Latham had just over 16 percent.
Dallas GOP strategists call Miklos' District 101 the "A-1 in danger" Democratic seat in Dallas. They say Miklos was swept into office in 2008 by a one-time-only surge of Democratic enthusiasm tied to Barack Obama's historic run for the presidency. Miklos flatly denies this and says the district was trending Democratic anyway.