Paul Bettencourt, business owner, KSEV Radio personality, and former Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector, won the Republican nomination for Texas State Senate in District 7 with a commanding 89.2% of the vote. By way of comparison, the last time that Bettencourt was on the Republican primary ballot was 2000 when he earned 87.3% in a countywide election.
Bettencourt’s margin of victory was predicted by a July 2013 campaign poll, by nationally respected polling firm Baselice and Associates, which showed a 73 to 7 polling advantage over his known opponents at the time. The polling done in the race (polling memo linked), and the March Republican Primary election results, show that Paul Bettencourt is as well liked in Senate District 7 as the top of the GOP Statewide Ticket, Greg Abbott, and he is the clear favorite to take the place of Senator Dan Patrick who is now running for Lt. Governor.
Senate District 7 is one of the most dominant Republican districts in the State of Texas. This Republican voting strength of District 7 was on full display, with voters in the district accounting for 34% of the total Republican turnout countywide, and voting by almost a 10 to 1 margin in the Republican Primary as compared to the Democrat Primary.
Bettencourt will now face a Democrat opponent in the November General Election, however District 7 is expected to vote Republican in November by a margin of almost 2 to 1. Senate District 7 is located in Harris County and includes Bunker Hill Village, Hedwig Village, parts of Houston, Hunters Creek Village, Jersey Village, Piney Point Village, Spring, and Tomball.
For more information about Paul Bettencourt, please click here to read his full biography.