Wendy Davis becomes the second female Democratic gubernatorial candidate since Ann Richards.
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot clung to the Republican nomination for his seat in Tuesday night's primary elections (Source: KVUE/CNN)
Attorney General Greg Abbot will face Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis for the state's top spot in November as the two claimed nominations from their parties in Tuesday night's primary elections.
Davis addressed supporters just after 8 p.m., saying she's ready for what will be an uphill fight to become Texas' next governor in the race to replace Gov. Rick Perry.
In her brief speech, she pointed out that she is only the second female democratic gubernatorial candidate since Ann Richards, who served as Texas governor from 1990 to 1994.
Abbot called out to veterans, promising support, and to his wife, who would be the first Latina first lady in Texas if Abbot wins the governor's race.
He highlighted differences in his own family and a type of the state's diversity. "The blending of cultures in the Lone Star State works," he said in a press conference after the polls closed. "We are one people. We are all Texans."
There likely will be a run-off election for lieutenant governor between incumbent David Dewhurst and State Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston. Patrick has the lead as of midnight, with 50 percent of the precincts reported.
Republican Sen. John Cornyn swept the primary election for his spot in the U.S. Senate Tuesday night. The closest contender was tea party-backed candidate Steve Stockman, who came in with 18 percent of the vote to Cornyn's 60 percent as of 11:30 p.m.
Cornyn, a major player in the Senate Republicans, is campaigning for his third term in Washington. He will run against the winner of the race between Democrats Kesha Rogers of Houston and Dallas dentist Dr. David Alameel.
Texas government also will have another Bush among its ranks as George P. Bush, the nephew of President George W. Bush, won the Republican primary for Texas Land Commissioner. He pulled in 74 percent of the vote to opponent David Watts' 26 percent.
In Shelby County, the race for judge was delivered to former county clerk Allison Harbison who won by a sliver, hauling in 1,629 votes, one vote more than incumbent Rick Campbell, who received 1,628. No Democrat filed for the race.