Williams is now likely to join the 113th Congress as the representative from the brand-new, conservative seat, which stretches from Austin to Fort Worth.
TX-34 [9:19 p.m.]: Attorney Filemon Vela won the Democratic primary runoff in the new 34th District Tuesday night, defeating Denise Saenz-Blanchard. With early votes and 13 percent of election day precincts reporting, Vela led Saenz-Blanchard 67 percent to 33 percent. The Associated Press called the race for Vela.
Saenz-Blanchard attacked Vela as an opportunist and a crypto-Republican during the runoff, but Vela -- who finished first in the May primary by a wide margin -- cemented his advantage with ease. The Brownsville-based district, which takes in the southern Gulf Coast down to the Mexican border and is heavily Hispanic, is a safely Democratic seat, and Vela becomes the general election favorite against either Republican runoff competitor. That race, between Jessica Bradshaw and Adela Garza, has not yet been called.
TX-14 [9:14 p.m.]: State Rep. Randy Weber has won the Republican primary runoff in retiring Rep. Ron Paul's district, advancing to the general election over city official Felicia Harris. With a significant early vote and 1% of election day precincts reporting, Weber led Harris 63 percent to 37 percent. The Associated Press called the race for Weber.
Weber finished first in the initial May primary but, with just 28 percent of the vote, still had a lot of work to do to win the GOP nomination. But he had Paul's endorsement and a financial advantage over Harris, who was supported by some neighboring Texas Republican congressmen.
Weber will face former Rep. Nick Lampson, the Democratic nominee, in the general election. Though the district gave over 57 percent of its 2008 presidential vote to John McCain, Democrats have some degree of hope that Lampson and his conservative Democratic record can find success in the idiosyncratic Gulf Coast seat. After a token primary, Lampson starts the general with a cash advantage over Weber. Lampson had over $340,000 in the bank after the last financial reporting deadline, while Weber is likely depleted after his primary runoff. However, advancing to the general will open some wallets for him in the coming weeks.