Yesterday's primary election resulted in the end of Texas Sen. John Carona's 24-year legislative career, as Tea Party candidate Don Huffines led with a 1.2 percentage victory in Senate District 16.
Before the results were revealed, Huffines fortuitously said, "It only takes one vote to win." Leading up to the election, Huffines launched a negative campaign against the longtime incumbent, accusing him of corruption and labeling him as a "liberal Republican." Huffines also released an ad comparing Carona to an outdated computer and a mailer casting him as the Godfather.
In Texas House District 108, Morgan Meyer won with 47 percent of the votes, while Chart Wescott finished with 30 percent. These results ruled out Court Alley, who received 23 percent of the 12,291 votes cast.
Meyer and Wescott will continue to campaign until the May 27 runoff, as neither candidate received 50 percent of the votes. Although Wescott raised more than $1.2 million on the campaign trail, Meyer won every precinct in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow.
In the race for attorney general, Dan Branch received 33.5 percent of the votes and Sen. Ken Paxton earned 44.4 percent. Branch and Paxton will face off again in May, deciding who will rival Houston Democrat Sam Houston in the November general election.
The candidate who wins the attorney general seat will replace Republican Greg Abbott. In November, Abbott will square off against Democrat Wendy Davis for state governor. After cinching the Republican nomination last night, Abbott made a speech in San Antonio, predicting his wife will become the first Hispanic First Lady of Texas.
In the race for Texas land commissioner, Fort Worth attorney George P. Bush, son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and nephew of former President George W. Bush, won the GOP nomination.
Caitlin is a Baylor graduate with a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing. Before graduating from Baylor, Caitlin studied in London and completed a novella as part of the honors program. When Caitlin is not covering neighborhood news for BubbleLife, she enjoys writing, reading and drinking coffee.