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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