As everyone here on BOR has other jobs or is (understandably) taking a morning off from work after the primary, we're a little slower to get our post-election analysis up right away.
Here are the highlights of last night, in case you haven't seen them yet:
- Bill White (D-Texas) vs. Rick Perry (R-Washington) is going to be a long battle.
- Linda Chavez-Thompson won her primary outright, giving Democrats an exciting 1-2 punch atop our ticket.
- Hank Gilbert and Hector Uribe round out our statewide winners from last night.
- In State House races, three Democrat incumbents — Dora Olivo, Tara Rios Ybarra, and Terri Hodge definitely lost. Final numbers show that former State Rep. Borris Miles defeated current (and former) State Rep. Al Edwards in the HD-146 primary by ony 11 votes. Expect a recount — though Borris Miles is already declaring victory:
“This victory is particularly important,” says Borris Miles, State Representative-elect. “I am honored to have the opportunity to get back to work for the people of District 146. We have much to accomplish. I do want to thank Representative Edwards for his service to the community.”“I'm excited to have Borris return to Austin. He is clearly the most qualified candidate and has a strong record as a legislator,” says Mayor Annise Parker. “During tough economic times, his business savvy should make a significant difference for the City of Houston and the state.”
- For Republicans, east Texas Republicans Tommy Merritt and Betty Brown lost their races — Brown by only 100+ votes.
- In perhaps the biggest news of the night, Republicans have lost their darling, Don McLeroy, on the State Board of Education.
- On the Republican side, incumbent Railroad Commissioner Victor Carillo lost 60-40 to unknown (and small-money) candidate David Porter — apparently just because Republican primary voters detest Spanish-surname candidates that much.
- Locally in Austin, Amy Clark Meachum, John Lipscombe, Cliff Brown and Margaret Gomez all won their respective races. Mindy Montford and Karen Sage are heading to a runoff — which means we will be headed to more detailed coverage of that race soon.
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