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Midterm Elections Decide Leadership In National, State, Local Offices

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After an energized voting period across the United States, the midterm election results are in. Which races had surprising outcomes and what makes 2018 different for Texans? The San Antonio Express-News' Gilbert Garcia and the Texas Tribune's Alana Rocha recap the results for "The Source."

A contentious race for U.S. Senate between incumbent Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke came down to tight margins in Texas while Governor Greg Abbott won his bid for re-election against Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez. 

In Bexar County, the race for new leadership in the District Attorney's office ended with Democrat Joe Gonzales defeating Republican Tylden Shaeffer. Plus, the public referendum on three proposed changes to the San Antonio city charter came down to a mixed bag of results.

What do these outcomes mean for Republican and Democratic parties on the local, state and national levels? How will representation change for Texas and Bexar County?

View live election results for key statewide here and browse Texas Public Radio's latest coverage and analysis here


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This interview aired on Wednesday, November 7, 2018.

Jan Ross Piedad Sakian is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.