Democratic Dreams Dashed As Texas Railroad Commission Remains Republican Only

Railroad Commission candidate Chrysta Castañeda loses her bid to become the first Democrat to win a Texas statewide office in decades in a clear loss to Republican James “Jim” Wright.

Despite Democratic Dreams, Texas Railroad Commission Vote Tilts Republican

James “Jim” Wright is an upstart candidate who surprised Republicans in the March primary by deposing incumbent Texas Railroad Commissioner and fellow Republican Ryan Sitton.

Hoping to break the liberal curse in Texas, Democrat Railroad Commission candidate Chrysta Castañeda hoped to ride high voter turnout, a flood of cash and a potential blue wave into office.

Ultimately, the vote remained resolutely red. Castañeda failed to overtake Republican opponent James “Jim” Wright, garnering 43.31% of the vote to 53.27%, according to Texas Secretary of State unofficial vote tallies. All 254 Texas counties have reported results.

Wright, an upstart candidate himself, surprised conservatives in the March Republican primary by deposing incumbent commissioner Ryan Sitton.

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Darren Barbee

Darren Barbee is senior editor for Oil and Gas Investor magazine.