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HD-11: Hopson Takes It

Chuck Hopson is leading two challengers in a very closely watched Republican primary in HD-11. In early returns, Hopson was over the critical 50 percent mark, with Allan Cain and Michael Banks tied somewhere behind.

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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.

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