After a quiet race early had the volume turned up, it was Van Taylor voters that silenced the campaign of Tucker Anderson. Taylor earned the right to face Democratic Congressman Chet Edwards for his District 17 seat in Washington.
In a very close vote that was in question through the night Tuesday, Taylor captured 54 percent of the votes to Anderson's 46 percent. Nearly 32,000 residents of the district cast their ballots.
A breakdown shows three of the four biggest counties in the 12-county district voted in favor of Taylor. Just over 59% of McClennan County's 9,000-plus voters wanted the Iraq War veteran as the GOP candidate. Johnson and Hood Counties showed similar support for the man who now resides in West, Texas.
Anderson won just three counties, all predictable wins, and all in the southern portion of the district. The Calvert native received extremely strong support in Brazos County, the second largest for voter turnout on Tuesday. Over 58 percent of the nearly 8,000 votes were for the former legislative assistant to Pete Sessions. Anderson also won his home Robertson County, and squeaked out a win in Madison County. But both of those counties provided just a few hundred votes each.
Early voting, which made up about a third of total votes (11,074), went in Anderson's favor. He led when the first votes were tallied by a 51.5 percent-to-48.5 percent margin.
District 17 includes Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Hill, Hood, Johnson, Limestone, Madison, McLennan, Robertson and Somervell Counties.
Edwards his seeking his ninth term in Congress, and his second for the young District 17.
Libertarian Guillermo Acosta of Lewisville has his party's backing for the November election.