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Texas Senate District 12 returns to Senator Nelson

Texas Senate District 12 returns to Senator Nelson

November 08
15:43 2016

Republican incumbent Jane Nelson beat Libertarian challenger Rod Wingo for the Texas Senate seat for District 12, which includes parts of Denton and Tarrant counties.

“Thank you, Senate District 12,” Senator Nelson said in an official press release. “I am honored to be your voice in Austin, and I will always fight for our priorities and values.”

Senator Nelson, the highest ranking official in the Senate, won at 83.03 percent over Wingo’s 16.97 percent of the 195,456 votes, according to the Denton County Elections Administration’s reports from 100 out of 109 precincts. These were the latest numbers available at press time.

Voter turnout was reported at 61.57 percent, with 468,162 registered voters and 288,247 ballots cast. Senator Nelson, a UNT alumna with a degree in education, has held public office as a Texas Senator since first being elected in 1993 when she beat out democratic incumbent Bob Glasgow for District 22.

“I don’t necessarily vote on someone based on where they live, but I think Senator Nelson is doing great,” Flower Mound Councilman Itamar Gelbman said. “I had the pleasure of meeting her one on one a few times and think she’s an amazing woman and an amazing politician and that’s why she’s kicking butt.”

Wingo could not be reached for comment.

Haley Yates and Cierra Edmonson contributed to this report.

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