[10:25 p.m.] TX-35: Veteran Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett has turned aside a primary challenge in the new majority-Latino 35th District, which stretches from his Austin base south to San Antonio. With 39 percent of precincts reporting, Doggett led Bexar County tax official Sylvia Romo 69 percent to 24 percent, with another candidate absorbing the remainder of the vote. Doggett was carrying majorities in every county in the district when the race was called, but he was particularly strong in his Austin base, winning 93 percent of the vote in Travis County. Texas Republicans have been attacking Doggett via redistricting for years, and 2012 was no different, as he was gerrymandered into unfamiliar territory with a rising Hispanic electorate. But Romo had little time to put together a strong challenge and Doggett rallied Latino Democratic leaders in the 35th District to his side. [10:07 p.m.] TX-04: 89-year-old GOP Rep. Ralph Hall has won renomination. The Associated Press has called the race; with 14 percent of precincts reporting and significant early voting, Hall led two challengers with 60 percent of the vote. The anti-incumbent Campaign for Primary Accountability super PAC invested against Hall, but his principal opponent only started campaigning late in the primary. [8:42 p.m.] TX-30: Less than half an hour after polls closed in Dallas, the Associated Press already called the Democratic primary in the 30th District for Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, who turned aside a spirited challenge from attorney Taj Clayton with relative ease. Zero percent of precincts were reporting at 8:30 p.m. Eastern time, but Johnson had 71 percent of a significant early vote. Clayton was in third place in the early vote with 12 percent, behind state Rep. Barbara Caraway. Clayton, a Harvard-educated attorney, carved out a small national profile for himself by challenging Johnson, but his loss illustrates the enormous barriers facing young African-American politicians who try to challenge their way into the Congressional Black Caucus, instead of waiting for an older member to retire.
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