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Buckingham defeats King for Republican state senate nomination

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ABILENE, Texas - The runoff for the state senate seat for District 24 brought an end to highly contentious campaigns between republicans Dawn Buckingham and Susan King.

Our partners at the Texas Tribune called the race for Buckingham.

As of 10 p.m., Buckingham had 61 percent of the vote to Susan King's 39 percent.

The seat represents 17 Texas counties in the state senate, including Callahan and Brown counties, and part of Taylor County.

Buckingham watched the numbers come in at her campaign headquarters in Lakeway Tuesday night.

Buckingham, an eye doctor by profession, campaigned on cutting government spending, fighting to secure the border and lowering taxes.

Whoever wins the seat in November will take over for State Sen. Troy Fraser, who announced his retirement from the seat after 20 years.

We spoke with Buckingham via Skype from her campaign headquarters.

"We had groups of people putting together literally fleets of trucks with our signs in them the last few days, volunteers who spent all day long out in the rain, out in the heat," Buckingham said. "We're just blessed by the widespread support, and we think the conservative in this race won. Our message clearly resonated with the voters of this district and we're very excited to be the nominee and serve this district well."

Buckingham will now face democrat Virginia "Jennie Lou" Leeder of Llano in the general election, Nov. 8.

Leeder is a swim coach and a former teacher.

We reached out to Susan King Tuesday night. Her campaign advisors said she'll release a statement shortly.

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