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Judge Carlos Cortez loses to primary challenger

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Dallas County State District Judge Carlos Cortez lost his primary by a 2-to-1 margin on Tuesday night.

Cortez has been in the news since a Dallas County grand jury declined to indict him last month after being accused of assaulting his girlfriend.

Cortez' challenger for the 44th State District Civil Court, Bonnie Goldstein, has said voters deserve a judge who is dignified, qualified and "will be in the news for the right reasons."

Goldstein lead Cortez 65% to 35% late into Tuesday night.

Cortez was arrested in December after his 26-year-old girlfriend, Maggie Strother, told officers that Cortez choked her and bent her over the railing of his 20th floor balcony at the Le Tour Condominium building in Dallas.

Cortez was arrested and charged with family violence assault.

Cortez's attorneys, however, said that Cortez was trying to save his girlfriend from killing herself, and that Strother was suicidal and had mixed prescription drugs with alcohol.

In a video Cortez' lawyers shared with FOX4, the judge recorded in his car while he was driving Strother. She is seen getting out of the car while it was moving, lands on the ground and asks afterward why Cortez pushed her out.

Cortez told FOX 4 he shot that video because it was not the first time Strother was drunk and acting out, and said he recorded her to show her how she was acting when she sobered up.

The video triggered a war of words with Strother's attorney's, who released phone calls to the media between Cortez and Strother.

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