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2010: Big Game

State Rep. Jim Dunnam of Waco, a Democratic leader and a difficult target for Republicans, was handily defeated by political novice Marva Beck of Centerville.

State Rep. Jim Dunnam, D-Waco, at a press conference in 2009.

State Rep. Jim Dunnam of Waco, a Democratic leader and a difficult target for Republicans, was handily defeated by Marva Beck of Centerville, a political novice who had enormous financial support from Texans for Lawsuit Reform and other groups. With all of the votes counted, he lost 52-46, with the remainder going to Libertarian Derek Johnson.

Patrick Rose, D-Dripping Springs, was also considered — at least initially — to be an unlikely target for Republicans looking to pick up seats in the Texas House. But after spending more than $1 million defending himself from challenger Jason Isaac, Rose conceded tonight. The votes in that aren't all counted, but he's running 10 percentage points behind.

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