By MERCURY STAFF
Hays and Blanco County voters on Tuesday gave State Rep. Jason Isaac a second term, picking the Dripping Springs Republican over Democratic nominee John Adams.
With 57 precincts reporting totals, Isaac won 33,519 votes (53.6 percent) to Adams’ 26,482 (42.4 percent) in Texas House District 45, which shed Caldwell County during last year’s redistricting. Libertarian Jim Duke, who lives in Lago Vista outside the district he was running to represent, won 2,487 votes (4 percent).
Speaking to supporters at the Hays County GOP watch party in Driftwood, Isaac alluded to the negative campaign in which Isaac and Adams assailed each other with a barrage of hard-hitting direct mail.
“But it’s time to get back to work for the people of this district,” said Isaac, who emerged from suburbia two years ago to knock off four-term Democratic Party star Patrick M. Rose.
At the Hays Democratic Party watch party in downtown San Marcos, Adams said he and supporters waged the most effective campaign they could marshal in their uphill bout against Isaac.
“We ran the kind of campaign we wanted. We did the best we could. I’m disappointed with the outcome of the election, but we worked as hard as we could,” Adams said.