2012 Election
11:05 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Wendy Davis Narrowly Defeats Mark Shelton in SD-10

In what was considered the only real race on the ballot for the Texas Senate, Democratic incumbent Wendy Davis managed to eke out a victory over Republican Mark Shelton for the state senate seat in District 10, according to projections by the Texas Tribune. The two were vying for what is demographically Republican district, but has been held by the Democrat Davis since 2008.

With 93 percent of precincts reporting, Davis had 51 percent of the vote.

Davis' victory has important implications for the upcoming legislative session. With her re-election, Democrats in the state senate maintain a small buffer to block Republican legislation. That's because of the Texas Senate's two-thirds rule, which requires a two-thirds majority to bring legislation to the floor for debate and voting.

It's also going to be regarded as a moral victory for Texas Democrats, as her seat was specifically targeted by Republican-led redistricting.