Tea party darling Dr. Donna Campbell has all but clinched her Senate District 25 seat again. She squashed fellow Republicans Elisa Chan and Mike Novak in the primary with 55 percent of the vote and now she'll face Democratic nominee Daniel Boone in the November general election.
Despite her comfortable lead all evening, Campbell waited to make her win official until about 11 p.m. Tuesday. She thanked God and her many conservative supporters, but maintained her biggest endorsements came from regular people.
Going into the final leg of the Republican lieutenant governor race, incumbent David Dewhurst led state Sen. Dan Patrick by a narrow margin, but strong early polling numbers and the possible effects of an icy Election Day has given Patrick the edge when all the votes were counted.
Most political experts were predicting a runoff between Patrick and Dewhurst and it came true.
Despite his expected victory in the Republican primary for governor, Greg Abbott said he’s not taking the election for granted. Abbott cast his ballot in Austin and stressed his favorable rating among Hispanic voters.
The ice had melted away by the time Greg Abbott cast his ballot at Western Hills Church of Christ in Austin, and even though he’s not running against Democrat Wendy Davis in the primary election, she is the opponent he is targeting.
In the last efforts to gain the democratic nomination for Bexar County judge, Nelson Wolff and his challenger, Tommy Adkisson, spent time with the people they hope to get to the polls to vote in Tuesday's primary. Wolff spent a warm Saturday block walking on the far Southside.
“This is our third street,” Wolff said, walking up to the gate at a home where the owner stopped doing yard work to chat.
“Is this your place?” Wolff asked of Ross Suniga.
“Yes, sir,” Suniga said. “It’s almost three acres.”
A political expert from the University of Texas highlighted the elections that are expected to make it to a runoff, and not all of those are within the Republican primary.
Professor Jim Henson from the University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Politics Project said the main race to watch is the Republican lieutenant governor’s race.
"The expectation is that David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick will come out ahead, leaving Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson not making the cut if you will," Henson said.
Despite some setbacks last legislative session, state Rep. Jason Villalba, R-Dallas, is hoping to persuade the owner of Tesla Motors to come to Texas for another business endeavor. While it might not be as sexy as being able to sell the luxury electric car, people need batteries to make them run.
Last legislative session, Tesla Motors owner Elon Musk was regularly seen around the state capitol trying to convince state lawmakers and the Texas Automotive Dealers Association to allow him to sell his $90,000 electric cars in Texas.
The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal from the City of Farmers Branch regarding an ordinance that would have made it illegal to rent or provide housing to immigrants in the country without documentation.
Since its passage, civil rights group like the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund have taken issue with the ordinance, which was designed to keep undocumented immigrants from renting apartments and homes in the Dallas suburb.
MALDEF’s Nina Perales was one of the lead attorneys fighting the ordinance and said it damaged the city from inside-out.
Tomorrow is the last day to vote in the March primary and Steve Munisteri, the chairman of the Texas Republican Party, said he's worried about how several of the heated races will affect the overall party and candidates themselves during the general election.
Munisteri said they had not seen this level of participation since 2012, when there was a presidential election and a heated race between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz for the empty U.S. Senate seat.
San Antonio Water System officials are in talks to find a supply of water in addition to the Edwards Aquifer to meet growth demands over the next few decades.
The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce has joined the discussion with a new study, the Impact of Potential Water Shortages on San Antonio’s Economy, which illustrates the link between long-term water needs and San Antonio’s economy.