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HD-98: Truitt Holds Her Lead

Rep. Vicki Truitt, R-Southlake, was holding off three primary challengers in early returns, trying to stay out of a runoff as she defends a seat she's held since 1999.

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Rep. Vicki Truitt, R-Southlake, is holding off three primary challengers in incomplete returns, trying to stay out of a runoff as she defends a seat she's held since 1999.

Truitt came under fire for saying kind things about giving local voters the option of raising gasoline taxes for local roads. And her North Tarrant County district has been a hotbed for Tea Party activists. Giovanni Capriglione, Rich DeOtte, and Diane Thorpe were trailing the incumbent in a race where the sheer number of candidates could force a runoff, but Truitt has kept her head above the 50 percent mark all night. About one in six precincts remain to be counted.

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