There were no big surprises when Dr. J.D. Sheffield (R-Gatesville) crossed the finish line Tuesday in the race for state representative of district 59.

As many expected, Sheffield won by a landslide, grabbing 10,068 (83%) percent of the vote in Erath County and sweeping several other counties across the district.

Sheffield joked that he was feeling "OK" following the election returns.

"It's been a very long and intense race, and we are glad we are at the finish line," Sheffield said late Tuesday. "It is a great honor to be elected to district 59 and we are going to represent the best interest of the entire district and not play personal politics."

His opponent, Bill Norris (D-Dublin), didn't put up much of a fight.

In October, Norris announced he was dropping out of the race due to health reasons. His decision to quit the race, however, was made after the ballots were printed so his name still appeared as a candidate.

Sheffield scaled back his campaign in the weeks leading up to the election but continued meeting with voters and making campaign appearances.

Last week, Norris sent out a press release to some area newspapers announcing that he was back in the race, but the effort was too little, too late.

Sheffield beat incumbent Sid Miller in the Republican primary.