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Texas Governor Greg Abbott has scheduled a date for a special election for Texas House District 68. The district represents 22 counties, some of which are in the Panhandle and Eastern South Plains, and include Childress, Cottle, Crosby, Dickens, Fisher, Floyd, Garza, and Hall.

The seat for Texas House District 68 has been vacated by well-known State Rep. Drew Springer, who defeated grassroots Republican candidate Shelley Luther in a runoff race for Texas Senate District 30.

Luther first announced her run for the seat in August, just weeks after she was jailed for keeping her Dallas salon open during the summer in direct opposition to Governor Abbott’s business shutdown brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite Governor Abbott ordering Luther’s release from jail and amending the shutdown orders to prevent further arrests, Abbott ended up supporting her opponent in the race for District 30, Drew Springer.

Springer’s victory leaves the District 68 seat vacant, and now Governor Abbott has announced that the date for a special election to fill that seat will be January 23, 2021, and early voting for that election will begin as soon as January 11th.

That leaves little time for potential candidates to put together an impactful campaign, as they must file the appropriate paperwork with the Texas Secretary of State by no later than Monday, January 4th.