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Sat May 12, 2012
Primary Election Results
KERA is tracking results from Tuesday’s primary elections. Check here for tallies and to-the-minute reports live from watch parties across DFW.
Find results for the presidential race, congressional races, statewide contests and legislative elections at the Texas Secretary of State website.
Listen live as KERA's Shelley Kofler anchors live election night coverage with reports from the field and analysis from political experts.
6:36 p.m. Bill Zeeble's off to the Bank Tower at Oak Cliff to climb 15 floors to Top O' the Cliff for Domingo Garcia's watch party. A perceived frontrunner in the race for Congressional District 33, Garcia got a few last words in (along with his opponent Marc Veasey) when Bill caught up with them Friday.
6:42 p.m. BJ Austin, who was arguably higher on the roof at NPR headquarters in Washington D.C. last week at a healthcare intensive, is headed to Gilley's on South Lamar to join supporters of Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Tom Leppert. Congressional District 30 candidate Taj Clayton is just down the street at Cedars Social Club, BJ says.
7:05 p.m. Courtney Collins is on the air from Smokey's Barbeque in Fort Worth, where supporters of CD 33 candidate Marc Veasey are "getting pretty excited," she says, as combined tallies show he's ahead with 51 percent of votes in Tarrant County and 17 percent in Dallas County. [Update 7:45: The Dallas Morning News counts totals with Veasey ahead at 39 percent; Garcia with 25 percent.]
7:43 p.m. This text comes from Bill: "In Tarrant, no contest between Burnam and Vasquez. Burnam WAY ahead early."
8:01 p.m. From BJ: "Tom Leppert has spent $4 million of his own money on the U.S. Senate Republican primary race. He began the campaign with a statewide name recognition deficit and has run a consistent third in the polls. As of 8 p.m., Leppert was a no-show at his watch party. He's expected to arrive soon."
8:04 p.m. Veasey just showed up at Smokey's. Courtney sent a photo; it's now in the slide show.
8:26 p.m. Courtney just interviewed Veasey, who told her of his lead: "So far, so good, but I'm not taking anything for granted at this point." His watch party is now standing room only.
8:40 p.m. BJ calls: "Leppert just came in and said, 'OK it's over.' The numbers are clear, he ran a good race, he said. He's proud of the race he ran, he believes he got in the race for the right reasons. He declined to say if he would endorse anyone."
9:40 p.m. As our reporters book it back, AP reports Republican candidates for U.S. Senate David Dewhurst and Ted Cruz are headed for a runoff.