Linda with a Landslide

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Shortly before 10:00 p.m. Linda Chavez-Thompson gave a celebratory speech in San Antonio claiming victory in the Lieutenant Governor’s race.

While most of the oxygen is being spent this evening on the gubernatorial race, Democrats were fighting for the state’s second top spot. Chavez-Thompson, surrounded by her grandchildren, supporters and campaign staff accepted her victory with fighting words.

“This is going to be a hard fought race,” she said. “Dewhurst and Perry haven’t paid attention to the education of our children. They’ve written off a generation and cheated us and cheated our children out of a future.”

Chavez-Thompson, a former union leader, acknowledged that it will be tough raising the money to run a statewide campaign against Republican incumbent David Dewhurst. Dewhurst has a personal fortune of more than $200 million and sizeable campaign contributions.

“Dewhurst has the millions but I have the truth on my side,” she told her supporters. “I’m going to need your help.”

Melissa del Bosque joined The Texas Observer staff in 2008. She specializes in reporting on immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border. Her work has been published in national and international publications including TIME magazine and the Mexico City-based Nexos magazine. Melissa is a 2014-15 Lannan Fellow at The Investigative Fund.