An appeals court in North Texas has upheld voters' right to choose a judge for the Panhandle-South Plains region.
The Second Court of Appeals in Fort Worth finds since two counties did not get to vote in the Republican primary for place four in the Seventh Court of Appeals, there should be a new election. There is no Democratic opponent; whoever wins this race will win the race.
Justice Larry Doss currently holds the seat, appointed by Governor Abbott. Steven Denny, an attorney from Amarillo, won the Super Tuesday race by 247 votes.
However, Cochran and Collingsworth counties did not have the race on their ballots. That totaled more than 1,200 voters in the Republican primary who did not get to choose a candidate.
A district judge in Amarillo ordered a new election. Denny appeals, arguing those voters would not have changed the outcome of the election.
The Second Court finds those disenfranchised voters have a right to choose and affirmed the new election. It is set for July 14, the same day as state-wide runoff elections.