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New State Senator
3:13 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Tea Party's Campbell Easily Defeats Courage In State Senate District 25 Race

Donna Campbell talks to supporters at the Republican Headquarters in San Antonio Tuesday night
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Tea Party-supported doctor beat Democratic opponent John Courage, a San Antonio teacher, with just over 65 percent of the vote in a race that wasn't close from the time early voting numbers were posted.

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2012 Election Results
2:45 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Veteran Congressman Lloyd Doggett Beats Narvaiz In Congressional District 35

Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett won support in CD 35 to defeat opponent Republican Susan Narvaiz
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Congressman Lloyd Doggett will be headed back to the nation’s Capital, but this time to represent an entirely new district. The 2010 Census birthed Congressional District 35 due to the rise in the Hispanic population, and on election night, Doggett proved to be the long-lasting representative he has come to be known for.

Doggett expressed some disappointment in moving on from a district that spanned the Rio Grande Valley to Bastrop.

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2012 Election
12:38 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Joaquín Castro wins Charlie Gonzalez' 20th Congressional District In Landslide

Joaquín at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., where the Castro brothers introduced themselves to the nation.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

With nearly 64 percent of the votes in Congressional District 20, Joaquín Castro won the seat being vacated by the long-serving Charlie Gonzalez who is retiring at the end of this term.

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro introduced his brother, Joaquín as a newly-elected congressman, saying that he will be a breath of fresh air in Washington, D.C.

“It gives me great pleasure to introduce the next congressman,” said the mayor, who rushed from the Pre-K for SA headquarters to be at his brother’s side as soon as enough of the votes were in to call the election for Joaquín.

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10:54 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Cruz Easily Wins U.S. Senate Race

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Republican Ted Cruz had a commanding lead after early voting, a lead that Democrat Paul Sadler couldn't overcome.
Ted Cruz, a Harvard-educated lawyer and Tea Party icon, easily won the U.S. Senate race Tuesday night, becoming the first Hispanic from Texas to land the
2012 Election
5:20 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

E.R. Doctor Donna Campbell Takes On School Teacher John Courage in Senate Dist. 25

Texas Senate District 25 (orange) serves people in six different counties and has been one of the major story lines of this election season.
State of Texas District Viewer

(Update: 12:10 a.m.) About 95 percent of precincts have been counted and Campbell is maintaining 66 percent of the vote to Courage's 34 percent; safe to say that this race is over.

(Update: 10:30 p.m.) With 72 percent of the vote counted, Campbell has 66 percent of the vote and looks to have this race easily won.

(Update: 8:50 p.m.) Texas Secretary of State's Office showing Campbell with 67 percent of the vote, effectively holding on to her commanding lead in early voting.

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2012 Election
5:13 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Narvaiz and Doggett In Race For New Congressional District 35

Congressional District 35 (in orange) stretches IH-35 from San Antonio to Austin.
State of Texas District Viewer

(Update: 12:00 a.m) Nearly 90 percent of the votes counted now and Doggett looks to be the winner still holding about 63 percent of the vote.

(Update: 10:30 p.m.) With 66 percent of the vote now counted, Doggett is maintaining 63 percent of the vote.

(Update: 9:00 p.m.) Texas Secretary of State's Office showing Doggett with about 63 percent of the vote, carrying the lead out of early voting, where he led by a nearly two to one margin.

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Pre-K 4 SA Referendum
4:48 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Mayor Castro Finalizing the 'Leg Work' on Eve of Election Day

Mayor Julian Castro and Dist. 4 Councilman Rey Saldana begin run at Lions Field Park to City Hall in honor of Pre-K 4 SA measure
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña are going the distance for a program they say is going to change the educational trajectory of the city.

Starting from Lions Field Park on Broadway, children from the George Gervin Academy helped the two start the run, where 5,700 of their steps represent the number of San Antonio’s four year olds that are not currently served by a quality, full-day pre-kindergarten program.

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Public Safety
3:20 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

SAPD Sgt. Honored for Saving Teens from Burning Car

Sgt. Jesse Garcia recieves a Certificate of Merit from SAPD Chief William McManus on Monday for his actions early Saturday morning.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

San Antonio Police Sgt. Jesse Garcia was on his way home Saturday morning when he saw a burning vehicle.

“I just ran up to the fire and never in my mind did I think that there would be people inside the vehicle,” said Garcia. "I heard her [the driver] saying, 'I don't want to die this way. I don't want to die, don't leave me.'" 

The car, which had two girls inside ages 17 and 19, slammed into a utility pole near 1604 and Sulfur Springs. The driver was trapped under her seatbelt.

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Inner-City Schools
12:29 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Fox Tech High School Recognized with National Blue Ribbon Award for Improvement

District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal reads a proclamation to Fox Tech High School students for their Blue Ribbon award achievement
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

Hundreds of Fox Tech High School students and teachers filled the streets of downtown San Antonio on their way to City Hall, but they were not protesting, they were celebrating. 

"We've been a most improved school because they've seen upward trends in all of our data," said Fox Tech principal Dawn Parker.

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2012 Election
10:27 am
Sat November 3, 2012

U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez Making Sure Election Supervisors Don't Turn Voters Away

This early voting locations like this one at the Brook Hollow Library are now closed until the Nov. 6 election.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Congressman Charlie Gonzalez is reminding voters and election workers that picture IDs are not required to cast a ballot in Texas. He spoke to Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade about reinforcing the message that Texas has no Voter ID law. 

Congressman Gonzalez was upset last week to read that a Dallas Morning News columnist was asked for a driver’s license when he presented a utility bill at the polling station.

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