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In Congress, Sessions loses re-election bid; Veasey, Burgess win

Texas Congressman Marc Veasey address political division

Texas Congressman Marc Veasey discusses Trump's rhetoric, political division and the Pittsburgh shooting at the Democratic 'Get Out the Vote 'rally in Tarrant county.
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Texas Congressman Marc Veasey discusses Trump's rhetoric, political division and the Pittsburgh shooting at the Democratic 'Get Out the Vote 'rally in Tarrant county.

Long-time U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Dallas lost a re-election bid to Democratic challenger Colin Allred while two Tarrant County Democrats seemed poised to win their races.

Allred won 52.1 percent of votes compared to 45.8 percent for Sessions and 1.9 percent for Libertarian Melina Baker.

Sessions, a Dallas businessman and Republican, held his House District 32 seat since 1996.

As Democrats retook the House, Sessions’ loss was among just a handful of upsets in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

In most cases, incumbents won after all the precincts came in.

Republican U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, the Weatherford businessman, beat Democratic challenger Julie Oliver, winning 53.6 percent of the vote compared to 44.6 percent for Oliver and 1.6 percent for Libertarian Desarae Lindsey.

In Tarrant County, Democratic Congressman Marc Veasey cruised to victory over his opponent. Veasey, who has held office since 2013, won 76.1 percent of ballots cast compared to 21.9 percent for Republican Willie Billups and 1.9 percent for Libertarian Jason Reeves.

Billups is a small business owner and military veteran who lives in Arlington. Reeves also ran for the seat unsuccessfully in 2014.

In Northeast Tarrant and Denton County, Congressman Michael Burgess, R-Pilot Point, beat Democrat Linsey Fagan and Libertarian Mark Boler. Burgess, a physician who has become a leading expert on healthcare issues in Congress, had 59.4 percent of early voters the vote compared to 38.9 percent for Fagan and 1.6 percent for Boler.

Also, Republican Kenny E. Marchant won with 50.6 percent of the vote compared to 47.4 percent for Democrat Jan McDowell, his challenger in House District 24. Libertarian Mike Kolls had 1.8 percent.

Gordon Dickson: 817-390-7796; @gdickson
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