GOP Voters Reject Lykos’ Bid for Second Term as Harris County DA
In what was arguably Harris County’s most hotly-contested race, voters on Tuesday rejected District Attorney Pat Lykos’ bid for a second term.
The controversial DA lost the Republican primary to former prosecutor and judge Mike Anderson by a surprisingly large margin.
Anderson took 89,237 for 63 percent of the vote to Lykos’ 52,458 or 37 percent.
While Lykos appeared upbeat before the polls closed, it was apparent from the time the first returns came in she was in trouble. Anderson took a strong lead in the early voting returns and continued to outpace Lykos as the remaining votes were counted.
After the results were in, Lykos said she should have focused on her accomplishments and put out a stronger message.
“I should’ve started my campaign earlier to get the word out to the people, but there was so much to get done and so I focused on the office,” Lykos said.
Despite the loss, Lykos said she would continue to focus on her job as DA until her term ends.
“Regardless of what the final outcome is, I’m going to continue as district attorney until Dec. 31 and we’re going to do great things,” she said.
Many political observers felt Lykos’ re-election bid was mortally wounded by a series of high-profile controversies that included clashes with local law enforcement, a still-unresolved investigation into the operation of the Houston Police Department’s Breath Alcohol Testing vans and the recent acquittal of a Houston police officer on charges he abused a teenage burglary suspect.
Anderson served as a prosecutor for 17 years and, more recently, as a judge for the past 12 years.
Anderson will face Democrat Lloyd Wayne Oliver in the November general election.
Oliver received 30,141 votes (52%) to defeat Zack Fertitta with 27,359 (48%) and take the Democratic primary nomination for district attorney.