Linda with a Landslide

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.”

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Melissa del Bosque is a staff writer and a 2016-17 Lannan Fellow at The Investigative Fund.

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