Texas Primary Run-Off Round-Up
Many folks didn't realized we even had primary run-off elections in Texas yesterday. But we did and now we know exactly what November's ballot will look like in the Lone Star State.
Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez snagged the Democratic nomination for Governor. This is huge - because she is now the first Latina candidate to win a major-party nomination for the office. This is not so huge because she is very likely to get pummeled in the general.
In the Texas Senate two women were facing off in a Democratic primary in Houston and Rita Lucido came out on top with 57.76% of the vote. SHE will be facing ANOTHER woman in the fall - Senator Joan Huffman. As previously mentioned here on Pink Granite - the spike in female candidates will narrow after the elections as many women are running against other women.
As I heard earlier today from a reporter for the Texas Tribune "the empire struck back" last night - and although Abby Livingston was referencing a Democratic Congressional race in Houston (also two women fighting for the same seat) I think the same rings true for the outcome of the Republican primaries for Texas House. The outcome seems to high-five outgoing Speaker Joe Straus and his more center-right allies. Since Straus himself is not running for re-election (tear!), his seat was up for grabs and the candidate he endorsed won easily.
If you're a local here in Austin, Sheryl Cole managed to win the run-off for Rep. Dawnna Dukes seat in the Texas House keeping that seat #pinkgranite.