Taylor wins in move from state House to state Senate; Runoff set for his open seat

John Suayan, Galveston Bureau May 31, 2012, 9:50am


GALVESTON - State Rep. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, won the GOP berth for state Senate District 11, according to recent election returns.

Current figures show Taylor, who is serving his fifth term as state representative, received 14,059 votes in Galveston County to go with the 29,711 total he amassed in the district to defeat Seabrook insurance agent Dave Norman and Harris County sheriff's deputy and League City resident Daniel McCool.

Norman tallied 3,776 votes in Galveston County and 12,883 in the district while McCool, who was endorsed by the local Tea Party, garnered 8,439 total votes, with 3,075 in the county.

Taylor finished the primary with 58 percent of the vote, which was enough to account for the majority.

With the Republican nomination, he faces Democratic nominee Jacqueline Acquistapace, a Pearland resident, for the chance to replace incumbent Sen. Mike Jackson, R-La Porte.

Jackson, the President pro tempore of the Texas Senate, is running for the newly-created Congressional District 36.

Texas Senate District 11 comprises of portions of Brazoria, Galveston and Harris Counties.

Meanwhile, the race for Taylor's seat, State House District 24, which serves western Galveston County, pits Friendswood doctor Greg Bonnen against engineering firm CEO Ryan Sitton in a July 31 runoff.

Bonnen secured 6,923 votes to 5,014 earned by Sitton, results show.

The Republican winner will face Dickinson resident Rusty Cates to be Taylor's successor.

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