Texas Runoff Elections: House Results
TX-33 [11:55 p.m.]: State Rep. Marc Veasey narrowly won the Democratic nomination in Texas's 33rd Congressional District over former state legislator Domingo Garcia Tuesday night, finishing a primary runoff marked by deep demographic and geographic divisions.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Veasey led Garcia 52 percent to 48 percent. The Associated Press called the race for Veasey.
Veasey and Garcia each won nearly identical margins in their home counties. Garcia, who is Hispanic, took 70 percent of the vote in Dallas County, while Veasey, who is African-American, pulled just under 70 percent from the slightly larger portion of the district in Fort Worth's Tarrant County. Both candidates drew heavily from their demographic bases, with Garcia actively appealing for Hispanic solidarity as he stumped for votes in the final week of the campaign.
The district is over 60 percent HIspanic, and though Garcia improved dramatically on his initial primary performance, his defeat is another setback for Hispanics' efforts to turn their population's growth into Hispanic representation in Congress. Last month, Dominican-American state Sen. Adrian Espaillat narrowly lost a high-profile challenge to New York Democratic Rep. Charlie Rangel in another Hispanic-majority district.
The newly drawn 33rd District is safely Democratic, and Veasey is a heavy favorite to join the 113th Congress.
TX-25 [9:24 p.m.]: Former Texas secretary of state Roger Williams won the Republican primary runoff in the heavily GOP 25th District Tuesday night, defeating tea party activist Wes Riddle. With early votes and 23 percent of election day precincts reporting, Williams led Riddle 60 percent to 40 percent. The Associated Press called the race for Williams.
This primary arguably offered an even bigger insider-outsider contrast than the Republican U.S. Senate runoff between David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz, where Cruz leads in the early returns. But though Riddle did well to hold Williams's margin down, he simply didn't have the outside group and financial backing that the Senate underdog attracted. Even in a year (or a few years) tailored for non-establishment candidates, you still need something more than just that to win -- and Riddle didn't quite have it.