Wendy Davis wins bitter Texas Senate race

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FORT WORTH -- State Sen. Wendy Davis claimed victory in a bitter District 10 race late Tuesday before a crowd of raucous supporters at the downtown Hilton.

Davis, a Democrat who defeated incumbent Kim Brimer four years ago, won with 51% of the vote. She was introduced by state Rep. Marc Veasey, who was elected in the new House District 33.

The race between Davis, the Democrat, and Republican state Rep. Mark Shelton remained tight all evening.

Davis won by about 6,000 votes.

The race see-sawed early. Shelton started the day with a 1,534-vote lead after early votes were reported.

Davis and Shelton have gone head-to-head for more than a month in this race for the Senate District 10 seat - which quickly became the state's nastiest and most expensive race this year.

This is one of the most-watched political fights in Texas.

Republican leaders in Congress and statewide stood with Shelton in an effort to reclaim the district for the GOP and move their party to within one vote of having a supermajority in the Texas Senate, and Democrats statewide backed Davis - who they believe is a rising star and could be a statewide officeholder in coming years - in her re-election bid

This year's race was riddled with accusations, ethics challenges, charges of dishonesty and more.

Four years ago, Davis won the election to represent this district, in another fierce battle, unseating longtime Republican state Sen. Kim Brimer of Arlington. Senate District 10 includes Fort Worth, Arlington, Mansfield, Colleyville and other areas in south and Northeast Tarrant County.

In another closely watched race in Texas, Republican Ted Cruz overwhelmingly beat Democrat Paul Sadler for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison of Dallas.

The victory completes Cruz's once seemingly impossible rise from virtual unknown to the first Hispanic to represent the Lone Star state in the Senate. Sadler is a former state representative.

Democrat Marc Veasey defeated Republican Chuck Bradley in the race for the newly drawn U.S. House District 33, and Republican Roger Williams, a former Texas secretary of state and well-known Weatherford auto dealer, also staked his claim to a newly redrawn district, U.S. House District 25, which stretches from the edges of Tarrant County to Austin.

“We have a lot of work to do. The district has a lot of needs,” Veasey said. “I’m pretty excited about it.”

Williams said he is ready to get to work.

“I’m ready to roll my sleeves up and take our pro-business message to Washington, D.C,” Williams said after the AP called his race early in the evening as well.

Veasey and Williams will be sworn into office when the new Congress convenes in January.

Anna M. Tinsley, (817) 390-7610; Twitter: @annatinsley

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