FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The District 10 race for Texas State Senate went exactly as predicted.
“We all new this was going to be a difficult race,” Republican candidate Mark Shelton told supporters in his concession speech. “We all knew it was going to be a very close race and that’s exactly what happened.”
Incumbent Democrat Wendy Davis held on to her seat with just 51-percent of the vote. It was hard to escape the tough-toned, negative ads from both sides. “Davis profits from peddling her influence as a state senator,” one Shelton ad declared, as it showed a caricature of Davis holding two moneybags with dollar bills falling around her. It went on stating, “Shelton is a trusted pediatrician.”
Davis ran ads stating Shelton voted against money for rape testing kits used for DNA evidence to convict rapists. “Mark Shelton was one of only eight senators to vote against the bill and let rapists go free,” the ad said, with ominous music playing in the background.
On Wednesday Davis said the campaign, no matter how bitter, has to be put in the past now. “There should be no time for grudge matches. We need to work together and do what’s best for Texas and I’m confident we’ll do that.”
The hotly contested district is a former Republican stronghold. But its demographics have changed and District 10 is now a minority majority district. “In terms of its Republican to Democrat ratio, in terms of its affluence to low income ratio it really is a melting pot that looks so much like the state as a whole,” Davis said.
And that could have Davis eyeing a statewide position. Davis has never said definitively if she’d run for a higher office, such as governor. But, she says her ability of crossing party lines would prove crucial for statewide Democratic success. “It’s what I believe representation should be about,” she said. “And I think that a statewide democratic candidate who demonstrated that same willingness and built that same type of relationship with communities across the state could do the same.”
Davis made it clear that before she does anything else, though, she’s taking a week-long vacation to recover from the campaign.
Shelton told supporters at his campaign office after his defeat, “This is not the end, maybe just the beginning.”
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