There will be one fewer lever that Texas Republicans will have to pull in the May primary runoff, 1200 WOAI news reports.
Veteran Hill County State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran has conceded defeat to State Sen. Glenn Hegar in the race for Texas Comptroller. Hilderbran had made it into the runoff in Tuesday's election over third candidate Debra Medina.
But Hegar got nearly 300,000 votes more than Hilderbran, which means it would have been a steep uphill climb in an expensive runoff election.
"I have had the pleasure of knowing and serving with Harvey Hilderbran for many years," Hegar said. "Texans owe Harvey Hilderbran great deal of gratitude for his years of public service to the state of Texas."
Hilderbran will now face Democrat Mike Collier in November. Incumbent Comptroller Susan Combs is not seeking re-election.
Collier said Hegar is more of the same.
"Glenn Hegar is a rubber stamp for Susan Combs' failed status quo," Collier said. "If Texans want a comptroller who has spent more time auditing accounts than giving political speeches, they are going to have to vote for the accountant who can hold the politicians accountable."