Republican Lujan, Democrat Ramirez headed for runoff in Special Election for Texas House District 118 in San Antonio

Gov. Abbott will set date for runoff election

Republican John Lujan (left) and Democrat Frank Ramirez (right), will face off in a runoff Special Election for Texas House District 118. The winner will replace Leo Pacheco.
Republican John Lujan (left) and Democrat Frank Ramirez (right), will face off in a runoff Special Election for Texas House District 118. The winner will replace Leo Pacheco. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – A Republican who once held the seat and a Democrat will go head-to-head in a runoff after no clear winner was decided Tuesday night in the special election to fill the seat of former state Rep. Leo Pacheco of San Antonio.

With 100% of the vote counted, Republican John Lujan received 2.938 or 41% of the vote. Coming in second was Democrat Frank Ramirez, who captured 1,416 or 20% of the vote. To avoid a runoff, the top vote-getter would need to receive more than 50 percentage points plus one vote.

Gov. Greg Abbott will select a date for the runoff election.

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Candidate

Votes

%

John Lujan(R)
2,93842%
Frank Ramirez(D)
1,41620%
Desi Martinez(D)
1,24418%
Katie Farias(D)
85412%
Adam E. Salyer(R)
6239%
100% of Precincts Reporting

(30 / 30)

  • John Lujan (R) 2,938/41%
  • Frank Ramirez (D) 1,416/20%
  • Desi Martinez (D) 1,244/18%
  • Katie Farias (D) 854/12%
  • Adam E. Salyer (R) 623/9%

100% of vote reporting

This is not the first time that Lujan has won a special election.

He was victorious in a January 2016 special election to represent the district, but in the November 2016 general election, he was defeated by Democrat Tomas Uresti.

Lujan ran again in the general election held in November 2018 but was soundly defeated by Pacheco.

Pacheco, a Democrat, gave up his seat in the Texas Legislature last month to take a job at San Antonio College.

The district has traditionally been friendly territory for Democrats, though Republicans have set their sights on it as they try to make South Texas a new battleground in 2022. Special elections often have lower turnout, making the outcome harder to forecast and often being advantageous for underdogs.

The district

District 118 covers the southern and eastern parts of Bexar County and is home to 165,000 people, according to the Texas House website. About 75% of the residents are Hispanic. Ten thousand residents are veterans.

Pacheco has endorsed Ramirez to fill the seat, as have Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, San Antonio City Councilwoman Adriana Rocha Garcia and San Antonio City Councilman Jalen McKee-Rodriguez, according to KSAT partner Texas Tribune.

Find more coverage of the 2021 election here.


About the Author:

David Ibañez has been managing editor of KSAT.com since the website's launch in October 2000.