Phil Sorrells spent much of his campaign championing his experience over his opponent Matt Krause — a campaign that convinced voters to choose him to represent the Republican Party in the Tarrant County district attorney race.
About 10 p.m. Tuesday, state Rep. Krause conceded to Sorrells, a Tarrant County Criminal Court No. 10 judge who maintained his lead in the runoff race after winning by 10 percentage points in the first election.
Not long after Krause conceded, unofficial results showed 53,245 ballots cast with 59.41% for Sorrells and 40.59% for Krause.
Official results posted later Tuesday night showed 68,369 votes cast in the race. Of those votes, Sorrells won 59.21% with 40,483 votes.
Tuesday’s votes show he has the trust of voters in Tarrant County, Sorrells said.
“I believe that the district attorney has a consequential and direct impact on every community member’s individual quality of life,” he said. “My entire career has been in the criminal justice arena, and it’s prepared me for this job. I’m proud to be the Republican nominee.”
During the campaign, the two conservatives had similar views on many issues, but one important clash split the two: What does the district attorney do?
Sorrells, 58, has said from the beginning his opponent did not have the experience needed to hold the office. Sorrells has a traditional view on the office and previously told the Report the position is in place to keep the community safe and deal with crime.
But Krause, 41, whose House District 93 includes parts of Fort Worth and Arlington, believed the office wasn’t about day-to-day prosecution anymore, but about making policy.
Both candidates had significant endorsements in the race. Sorrells’ endorsements included former President Donald Trump, the Fort Worth Police Officers Association, Moms for Liberty, and Texas Conservatives Unite PAC.
Meanwhile, Krause’s endorsements included Texas Right to Life, Texas Values Action, Texas Homeschool Coalition, Gun Owners of America and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.
Now, Sorrells will face Democrat Tiffany Burks in November.
Burks has experience working in the Tarrant County DA office. She started in 1999 and stayed until announcing her candidacy.
Since Sharen Wilson did not seek re-election, Burks previously said this race is important because it will determine the direction of criminal justice in the county.
The race will now turn to which party candidate voters want to determine that direction.
“Being the Republican nominee in Tarrant County, we recognize that we’ve been targeted by the radical progressive left, Tarrant County has,” Sorrells said. “So we’re going to work hard. We got to start work now to get ready for that fight in November.”
Editor’s note: This story is updated to reflect final voting results.
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