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Shelley Kofler / TPR News

A bitter battle between two state representatives and friends ended last night, with José Menéndez upsetting Trey Martinez Fischer, to win the Texas Senate seat long held by Leticia Van de Putte.

David Martin Davies

After a tough night of watching election returns not go his way, State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer had a message for his supporters, and the newly minted State Sen.-Elect José Menéndez.

“Tonight was his night but I have a question for you — who’s ready for 2016?”

From the podium, Martinez Fischer seemed to be saying he would be running in the Democratic primary for the Senate seat he had just lost, presumably against Menéndez. However, pressed for details, Martinez Fischer took a softer approach.

Ryan E. Poppe

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott spelled out six critical items that needed to be tackled immediately during his first State of the State address on Tuesday. Those agenda items ranged from fixing Texas’ school finance system to funding border security at the highest level in the state’s history. These items are actual bills that Abbott has assigned to various lawmakers and is hoping to have fast tracked through the legislative process. 

Ryan Loyd / TPR News

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor said on Tuesday that she would not be seeking an endorsement from the police and fire unions, in her quest for a full term in the office where she has stand-in duties for the moment.  

For six months there has been speculation that Mayor Taylor would join the race to the election for mayor, scheduled for May 9. It is a title she has held since July after former mayor, Julian Castro, left to head the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Shelley Kofler / TPR News

FINAL UPDATE:  All the votes have been counted. José Menéndez will represent District 26 in the Texas Senate, replacing Leticia Van de Putte, who's stepping down to run for San Antonio Mayor. A special election will now have to be called to fill the House District 124 seat left vacant by Menéndez.

Diego Bernal will represent District 123 in the Texas House, replacing Mike Villarreal, who is also stepping down to run for San Antonio Mayor.