Chuck Hopson beat two challengers in a very closely watched Republican primary in HD-11 — winning more easily as a new Republican than he had won in the last couple of cycles as an embattled Democrat. With only a couple of precincts left to count, Hopson was hovering around the 60 percent mark, with Allan Cain and Michael Banks tied somewhere behind.
Hopson was a Democratic state representative until November, when he switched to the GOP. He got support for that move from several GOP luminaries — Gov. Rick Perry, U.S. Sens. John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, and House Speaker Joe Straus, to name a few — but some local Republicans wanted alternatives.
Hopson will face Democrat Richard Hackney in the November general election.