With 672 of 737 precincts in Dallas County reporting, the race for district attorney remains close. Incumbent District Attorney Craig Watkins, a Democrat, is leading challenger Danny Clancy, a Republican defense lawyer, by less than 1 percentage point, 50.45 percent to 49.55 percent. Watkins, acclaimed for his innocence project work, has drawn criticism in the last year for his handling of an investigation into county constables.
The race is even tighter between Democrat Clay Jenkins and Republican Wade Emmert for Dallas County judge. Emmert leads by 650 votes, but less than 1 percentage point separates the candidates.
Dallas County District 4 Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, a Republican, seems to be losing his fight for a fifth term against former Dallas City Councilwoman Elba Garcia. Garcia is ahead of Mayfield, 50 to 46. If the two Democrats win, the party will have a majority on the court for the first time in roughly 30 years.
In the Bexar County DA race, incumbent Susan Reed, a Republican, is leading challenger Nicholas LaHood, an attorney who was arrested for selling ecstasy in 1994. With 321 of 622 precincts counted, Reed has nearly 55 percent of the vote to LaHood's 45 percent.