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HD-20: AP Calls it for Schwertner

The AP calls the HD-20 race for state Rep. Dan Gattis' seat for orthopedic surgeon Dr. Charles Schwertner, who outspent the three other candidates.

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RRC: Porter Leads Carillo by Wide Margin

An upset seems likely if not certain in the Republican primary for Railroad Commissioner. Victor Carrillo, the incumbent, is trailing challenger David Porter by 21 percent with nearly 80 percent of precincts counted.

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HD-20: Schwertner Leading in Four-Way Race

Early returns show the four-way scrum for the Texas House seat of outgoing state Rep. Dan Gattis, R-Georgetown, isn't as close as some had predicted. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Charles Schwertner is way up.

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HD-11: Hopson Takes It

Chuck Hopson is leading two challengers in a very closely watched Republican primary in HD-11. In early returns, Hopson was over the critical 50 percent mark, with Allan Cain and Michael Banks tied somewhere behind.

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Caleb Bryant Miller

Rick Perry vs. the DPS

While the director of the Department of Public Safety and some state senators argue that X-ray machines and metal detectors are critical in the wake of a shooting at the Capitol, the Governor and others in the Legislature worry that a gamut of security hurdles would make the place unwelcoming to the public.

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Bob Daemmrich and Elise Hu

SBOE 9: McLeroy Loses Seat to Ratliff

With all precincts reporting, State Board of Education incumbent Don McLeroy has lost to challenger Thomas Ratliff in the race for District 9 by a razor thin margin — less than 1,000 votes.

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TribBlog: Perry Pardons Tim Cole

Gov. Rick Perry issued a posthumous pardon today for Tim Cole, who died in prison after he was wrongly convicted of rape.

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TribWeek: In Case You Missed It

Ramshaw on the state's quiet sharing of infant blood samples with the military and on the things Rick Perry's opponents aren't saying about him, Grissom on Farouk Shami's surprising popularity in El Paso, Philpott on the political advantages of a job creation fund and how Debra Medina's supporters are reacting to her "truther" comments, Hu on Debra Medina in the latest installment of Stump Interrupted, Thevenot on how the kids feel about the federal option of closing bad high schools, Rapoport on the newest mutation of the state's pay-as-you-go transportation philosophy, and our roundup of party primaries in the last week before the election: Rapoport on HD-7, Ramsey on HD-11, Aguilar on HD-36 and HD-43, Philpott on HD-47, Thevenot on HD-52 and SD-5, Kreighbaum on HD-105 and one Supreme Court race, M. Smith on another, and Hamilton on the colorful Democratic candidates for Agriculture Commissioner. The best of our best from February 22 to 26, 2010.

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