KLBJ Vote 2012 Results: Links to election results for Travis, Williamson, Hays and Bastrop County

Tea party-backed Republican Ted Cruz has won the race for Texas' open U.S. Senate seat.   Cruz beat former Democratic state representative Paul Sadler. The ex-state solicitor general was heavily favored since Texas has not elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since Lloyd Bentsen in 1988.    He succeeds retiring Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.   Cruz has become a national sensation since his upset July victory over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to win the Republican senatorial nomination. That race was seen as a national test of the tea party's influence because Cruz painted the mainstream GOP choice Dewhurst as too moderate.   Cruz has since mended fences with state GOP leaders and says he'll work with both parties in Congress.   He wants to build a wall the length of the Texas-Mexico border and abolish three federal departments.

The following links are updated as results are counted

For a look across the Nation click on this link:  http://www.newsradioklbj.com/news/elections/

Travis County Election Results: http://www.traviscountytx.gov/county_clerk/election/20121106/results.asp

Williamson County Election Results: http://wilco.org/CountyDepartments/Elections/tabid/450/Default.aspx

Hays County Election Results: http://www.co.hays.tx.us/index.php/government/elections-and-voting/election-results/

Bastrop County Election Results: http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/TX/Bastrop/44485/106514/en/summary.html

Texas Secretary of State Election Page: https://team1.sos.state.tx.us/enr/

A spokeswoman for the Texas Secretary of State says a computer issue in Southeast Texas is the only trouble so far affecting Election Day voters in the state.   Alicia Pierce says Secretary of State Hope Andrade has received "no major reports" of trouble other than in Galveston County, where a computer issue delayed the opening of polls.    Consequently, state District Judge John Ellisor ordered the Galveston County polls to remain open until 8:54 p.m.    Elections spokesman Bill Sargent says polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday, but in several locations workers didn't start computer system testing early enough. He had no estimate on how many voters left without voting.  Pierce says the statewide numbers for voter turnout will be available when the polls close at 7 p.m. Mountain time.

Texas' top elections look to have few surprises.    Still, a couple of close congressional races may turn heads. And, in down-ballot contests, things are less of a foregone conclusion.    Mitt Romney will likely win the state's presidential electoral votes Tuesday. Republican Ted Cruz should become the first Texas Hispanic elected to the U.S. Senate.    Texas' booming population gave it four new representatives in Congress. Republicans may take 23 seats, one more than the 22 they won out of 32 possible seats in 2010.  But a nail-biter could come in a congressional district encompassing San Antonio, where Republican U.S. Rep. Quico Canseco meets Democratic state Rep. Pete Gallego.    Another squeaker seems possible in Ron Paul's old district. There, Republican state Rep. Randy Weber is squaring off with ex-Democratic Congressman Nick Lampson.

For a look across the Nation click on this link:  http://www.newsradioklbj.com/news/elections/

Republicans may lose Texas House supermajority

Republicans are certain to maintain their majority in the Texas Legislature. The only question is by how much.    Republicans admit they will likely lose their 102-48 supermajority in the Texas House. Democrats hope to add 14 new seats, while Republicans want to limit them to six.   Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis in Fort Worth is in an intense fight to hold on to her seat against state Rep. Mark Shelton. If Shelton wins, that will give Republicans 20 seats to 11 Democratic seats in the state Senate.   Republicans held two-thirds of the seats in the Texas House last year, allowing them to pass almost any law they wanted. Democrats have a little more power to slow down the Republican agenda if they keep Republicans from holding a supermajority.

Texas GOP, Dems compete for minority vote

More is at stake in the Texas vote count than who is elected and who holds control of the Legislature, Congress and the White House. It's also shows if political strength is shifting from demographic group to demographic group.    Republicans have fielded Hispanic candidates against Democratic Hispanics in four congressional races and three Texas House campaigns, mostly in South Texas where Republicans have never done well. Hispanic Texans are the state's fastest growing group of voters. Less than half of the Texas population is Anglo.    Meanwhile, Democrats have worked to firm up support in Harris, Dallas and Bexar counties in the hope urban voters will lay the foundation for rebuilding the party in Texas.

Tea party darling Cruz favorite in US Senate race

Ted Cruz's two-year campaign will finally come to an end as he attempts to become Texas' first Hispanic elected to the U.S. Senate.   Voters on Tuesday will choose between him and Democrat Paul Sadler to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.    Cruz won the GOP nomination by beating one of the state's most formidable establishment figures, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Dewhurst didn't take Cruz seriously until he came in second in the Republican primary and forced a runoff. But by then it was too late and Cruz won handily.    Sadler stepped up after retired Lt. Gen Ricardo Sanchez dropped out. Yet Democrats did not turn out for Sadler, giving him less than $1 million in a state where a statewide campaign typically costs more than $6 million.

Texas sending 4 new representatives to Congress

Texans will send four new representatives to Congress this year, the result of adding 4.3 million residents between 2000 and 2010. Republicans will continue to dominate the delegation in Washington.   The most competitive congressional race to be decided Tuesday pits incumbent Republican Quico Canseco against state Rep. Pete Gallego. They are vying to represent the 23rd district, which stretches from San Antonio to El Paso. Former Democratic Congressman Nick Lampson is also in a tough race against state Sen. Randy Weber to replace the retiring Ron Paul.    A U.S. federal court drew the congressional district maps for this election after declaring the Legislature's maps unconstitutional.   Out of the four new districts, two are minority-dominated, with one stretching across central Forth Worth and Dallas, while the other is centered on Brownsville.


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