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Carona loses by one percent to challenger Huffines

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Longtime incumbent State Sen. John Carona lost by the slimmest of margins to challenger Don Huffines.

Carona, the longtime Dallas Republican, lost by 635 votes to Huffines.

Huffines challenged Carona from the right, kept a low profile and avoided media questions during the campaign. But he saturated the airwaves with ads in the weeks leading up to the election and his appeal to Tea Party voters seemingly paid off.

The race was one of the most expensive state senate races in history, with campaign reports indicating more than $6 million was spent combined by the candidates.

Carona could have asked for a recount since the final margin of victory was so close, but told FOX4 on Wednesday he will not.

Carona had served for 24 years and was hoping to win a seventh Texas Senate term.


Ex-State District Judge Susan Hawk beat lawyer Tom Nowak for the GOP's district attorney nomination in Dallas County. Hawk lead 2-to-1 after the early vote was released and won 62% to Nowak's 38%.

Hawk racked up most of the endorsements in the race and will face current Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, who didn't have a primary challenger.

Tarrant County doesn't have an incumbent district attorney running for the first time in more than four decades.

District Judge Sharen Wilson won with 59% of the votes over former Tarrant County Prosecutor George Mackey, 32%, and Arlington Attorney Kathy A. Lowthorp, 8%. They were the candidates in the de-facto general election race because Democrats didn't run a candidate.


A runoff will decide State Senate District 10, the current district of Wendy Davis. Konni Burton of Colleyville and former state Rep. Mark Shelton of Fort Worth are the last 2 of five Republicans standing in the race.

"The reason that I got into the race was because Wendy Davis was in it. I wanted to run against her and get this seat back into a conservative Republican hands. This Senate District leans Republican and is conservative and it's really been an injustice to us that we've had a liberal Democrat represent us," said Konni Burton at Tuesday's watch party. Tony Pompa, Jon Schweitzer and Mark Skinner are out of contention.


Two Republicans will have a runoff for Dan Branch's former state house seat in District 108. Lawyer Morgan Meyer had 47% of the vote, with Chart Westcott winning 30%. Court Alley finished in third place.


For the U.S. House District 32, long-time Dallas Congressman Pete Sessions won his primary race. He faced challenger Katrina Pierson. Sessions is a close ally of House Speaker John Boehner and Sessions is part of GOP leadership. Pierson ran as a Tea Party candidate and has been praised by U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

On the Democratic side, for U.S. House District 33, Freshman Congressman Mark Veasey won the nomination. He faced a well-funded challenger, former telecommunications lawyer Tom Sanchez. The 33rd Congressional District spans from Downtown Fort Worth to North Oak Cliff.

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