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Texas Republican Endorses Democrat In Race for State's Top Oil Watchdog

  • Sarah Stogner endorses Democrat Luke Warford over GOP rival
  • Texas voters to decide oil regulator seat in November election
A worker waits to connect a drill bit on a drilling rig outside Midland, Texas.

A worker waits to connect a drill bit on a drilling rig outside Midland, Texas.

Photographer: Brittany Sowacke/Bloomberg 

A Texas Republican has crossed party lines to endorse a Democrat in a race to oversee the oil and natural gas industry in the nation’s largest energy producer. 

Sarah Stogner, a former Republican nominee for Texas Railroad Commission, has endorsed Democrat Luke Warford over GOP candidate Wayne Christian in the general election. Stogner lost to Christian in a May runoff where she received roughly 35% of the ballot.