Morgan Luttrell won the Republican primary for Texas’ 8th Congressional District on March 1. As of March 3, he’d received 52% of the vote. Christian Collins was second with 22% and Jonathan Hullihan third with 13%.
The Texas Tribune‘s Patrick Svitek wrote that the race “boiled over into a tense proxy war, with some of the best-known Republicans in Texas — and the country — split between two of the leading candidates.” Luttrell had endorsements from former Gov. Rick Perry (R), Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R), and the Congressional Leadership Fund, among others. Collins’ endorsers included Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), House Freedom Action.
Both candidates, along with eight others in the race, had filled out Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey. The following are excerpts from Luttrell’s and Collins’ responses to a question about what public policy areas they were personally passionate about:
- Luttrell: “Like you, I will not allow the conservative values we’re teaching our children to be threatened by DC. As our Congressman, I will bring bold leadership, put America first, fight to finish the Wall, stop radical indoctrination in our kids’ classrooms, defend from increasing cybersecurity threats, stand with Israel, and protect America from the threat of Russia and China and socialists here at home.”
- Collins: “Christian’s top three issues are fighting for election integrity, working to finish the wall and secure the border, and fighting against the radical indoctrination of our youth and backing pro-America education. This isn’t to say that he is not passionate about other issues too, but he believes that if we don’t tackle these three issues first then we aren’t going to have a country.”
Three independent election forecasters rate the Nov. 8 general election Safe or Solid Republican.