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Nominated: Sen. Donna Campbell and More Beat Challengers to Earn Party Nominations to Texas Senate

by: Joseph Vogas

Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT

Sen. Donna Campbell (R) beat two other Republicans who pledged to work with others
Sen. John Carona was defeated, Sen. Bob Deuell was forced into a runoff, and the Republican nominee in Senate District 10 is still to-be-determined. The six other primaries for the Texas State Senate concluded on Tuesday night.

Among them, Republican Sen. Donna Campbell handily beat back her two well-funded challengers in the primary. The incumbent earned 55.39% of the vote, while her challengers former San Antonio councilwoman Elisa Chan and former County Commissioner Mike Novak, pulled 24.30% and 20.30% respectively. Chan loaned herself $600,000 while Novak earned the endorsements of both the Austin American Statesman and the San Antonio Express News. Money and establishment support, backed by rational arguments, was not enough to dislodge Sen. Campbell from keeping the Republican Party nomination in Senate District 25. She will face a Democrat and Libertarian in the November general election.

Click below the jump to see the results for the five other Texas Senate primaries from last Tuesday night.

Senate District 7, Paul Bettencourt wins Republican nomination with 89.17%
Former Harris Count Tax Assessor-Collector Paul Bettencourt has won the Republican nomination for the 7th Senate District, currently held by Lieutenant Governor candidate Dan Patrick. Bettencourt won by a jaw-dropping margin that is nearly unobtainable to almost any candidate. He will face a Democrat and Libertarian in the November general election.

Senate District 10, Libby Willis wins Democratic nomination with 56.48%
By just over a twelve point spread, Libby Willis has earned the right to try and succeed Senator Wendy Davis in the Texas Senate's District 10 as the Democratic nominee. She will not know who her Republican opponent will be until late May as no Republican candidate cleared the fifty percent threshold necessary to avoid a runoff. She will also face Libertarian and Green Party candidates in the November general election.

Senate District 15, Sen. John Whitmire wins Democratic nomination with 75.11%
Incumbent Senator John Whitmire, the Dean of the Texas Senate, cruised to a re-nomination over lawyer Damian LaCroix in this Harris County District. Whitmire, who was first elected to the Texas Senate in 1983, will face Republican and Libertarian challengers in November.

Senate District 17, Sen. Joan Huffman wins Republican nomination with 81.08%
Senator Huffman cruised to re-nomination over her primary opponent by a near sixty point spread. She will face Democrat Rita Lucido, candidates from the Libertarian and Green Parties in the November general election.

Senate District 31, Sen. Kel Seliger wins Republican nomination with 52.43%
A very close election, incumbent Senator Kel Seliger narrowly beat his TEA Party fueled challenge from former Midland mayor, Mike Canon. Had Canon been able to self-fund his challenge, as Don Huffines was able to in District 16, Sen. Seliger very likely would have lost his primary election as well. Seliger will face a Libertarian challenger in November.

See a complete list of who is running for Texas Senate in our Burnt Orange Report Texas Senate Candidate Tracker.

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