While Democrats across the state have been falling all night, District Attorney Craig Watkins survived a re-election battle against Republican Danny Clancy in Dallas County.
With all 737 precincts reporting, Watkins won 50.64 percent of the vote to Clancy's 49.36 percent. Just over 5,000 votes separated the two men out of the 411,196 votes cast in the race. Clancy was leading Watkins by 3,600 votes in the combined totals of early voting in person and by mail, but Watkins made up the difference and overcame Clancy on Election Day.
Watkins, acclaimed for his innocence project work, has drawn criticism in the last year for his handling of an investigation into county constables.
A tight race for Dallas County judge between Democrat Clay Jenkins and Republican Wade Emmert also resulted in a rare bit of good news for Democrats. Jenkins' win gives Democrats the majority on the court for the first time in roughly 30 years.
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Dallas County District 4 Commissioner Kenneth Mayfield, a Republican, lost his fight for a fifth term against former Dallas City Council member Elba Garcia, who won by 5 percentage points.
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