A sunburned and tired Jimmie Don Aycock hardly had enough energy for a victory lap as the preliminary polling numbers appeared in his favor late Tuesday night.
At 11 p.m., it appeared the Republican was holding about 59 percent of the vote in both Bell and Lampasas counties, where Texas House District 54 voters reside.
The numbers indicated Aycock’s re-election to a fourth term in the Texas House; however, 13 precincts in Bell County had not yet been tallied.
At 11 p.m. Aycock held 53 percent (17,286 votes) in Bell County, over Democratic challenger Claudia Brown, who had 46 percent (15,050 votes) in Bell County.
The final vote in Lampasas County resulted in 5,647 votes (80 percent) for Aycock and 1,408 votes (20 percent) for Brown.
Aycock spent almost every day of early and Election Day voting handing out buttons and pamphlets in the parking lots of his polling sites.
“It was a hard campaign,” Aycock said. “We knew it would be a hard district to hold.”
District 54 represents all of Lampasas County and much of south and western Bell County.
“I took 80 percent in Lampasas City. I like that,” he said.
Aycock said his first item of business for the 83rd Legislature will be getting the state’s school system under control.
“I look forward to getting busy with the next legislature and to get busy finding good policies for public schools,” Aycock said.
This was the first time in four years that Aycock has run against a challenger.