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The Texas Tribune

Editor's note: This story has been updated with additional comment.

Republican John Lujan defeated Democrat Tomas Uresti in a special election runoff Tuesday in Texas House District 118 in San Antonio.

With 100% of precincts counted, Lujan had 52.38 percent to Uresti’s 47.62 percent. The margin of victory was 171 votes out of 3,601 cast, with a voter turnout of just 4.12 percent. As of late Tuesday night, Lujan’s campaign said Uresti had not yet called to concede the race.

Ryan E. Poppe

The Texas House again becomes a battleground early next year. Not between Democrats and Republicans, but instead establishment GOP and Tea Party challengers.

In as many as 30 races Tea Party newcomers are trying the right-flank of members they believe don't represent their brand of conservatism in Texas. Even the head of the Texas House, Speaker Joe Straus isn't immune. One of Texas' most influential conservatives has two rightward challengers for the Alamo Heights/San Antonio seat.

Photo illustration by Emily Albracht / The Texas Tribune

It’s odd that one officeholder could be convicted, exonerated, re-indicted, convicted and sentenced without completely endangering his political career while another could get knocked out of contention while blaming an indictment that has not yet taken him to trial. 

But that’s politics.

Ryan E. Poppe / Texas Public Radio

The criminal case against former Gov. Rick Perry is hanging in the balance Wednesday as the state's highest criminal court takes it up in what could be the most consequential moment yet for the indictment. 

Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET

One of the suicide bombers who struck Paris on Friday has been identified as a Syrian who passed through Greece as an asylum-seeker this year and registered with European authorities.

That fact has spurred a strong reaction from many politicians here in the United States over the resettlement of Syrian refugees, with swift opposition from many Republican governors, and one Democrat, to further resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states.

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