Brian Birdwell has won the SD-22 special election runoff with 57.42% of the vote (13,916 votes) with 240 of 241 precincts reporting.
Sibley’s commanding lead in his home base of McLennan County which is also the population base of SD-22 was not enough to overcome Birdwell’s lead in the majority of the other counties that make up SD-22.
It looks like my early post about Sibley’s greatest strength that is also his greatest weakness in this political enviroment turned out to be his greatest weakness in the eyes of the majority of the voters.
It is obvious from the SREC elections that political power is shifting within SD-22 away from its historic McLennan County base and the group people who have run the McLennan County Republican Party for the past decade.
Sibley could be hurt by this because he is from McLennan County and is perceived by some as the status quo that they are upset with by being a former State Senator and by being supported by the Waco Republican establishment.
On the other hand Sibley’s strongest weak point in some people’s eyes is his strongest asset in other people’s eyes. Sibley portrays himself as the former SD-22 Senator who knows the district, its problems and people. As a former Senator and lobbyist who knows how the Capitol works he would be ready to work on day one who could protect SD-22 during the mess that redistricting is surly to bring.
Here are the final county by county results from the Texas Secretary of States office.