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Farenthold, Vela elected to Congress in Crossroads

By ALLISON MILES
Nov. 6, 2012 at 5:06 a.m.
Updated Nov. 7, 2012 at 5:07 a.m.


Incumbent Blake Farenthold cinched the win Tuesday for Congressional District 27.

Numbers as of 10:30 p.m. Tuesday indicated he beat Democratic candidate Rose Meza Harrison, Libertarian candidate Corrie Byrd and Independent candidate Bret Baldwin for the seat.

Farenthold, a Republican, said he plans to focus on continuing to protect economic growth while in office.

"We have a balanced budget, low taxes and a business-friendly environment," he said of Texas. "I want to take that model to Washington."

District 27 includes Caldwell, Lavaca, Wharton, Victoria, Jackson, Matagorda, Calhoun, Refugio, Aransas and Nueces counties, as well as parts of Bastrop, Gonzales and San Patricio counties.

Farenthold's background includes work in law, radio and a computer consulting firm he owned and operated. He was first elected into office in 2010.

He said he looks forward to serving his district throughout his coming term.

"I'll be in Victoria soon, scouting office space," said Farenthold, of Corpus Christi. "I'm excited to have been re-elected. I think it shows the voters are happy with what I've done."

Baldwin, of Victoria, said he was disappointed in the final results, but said he was proud of what he and his staff completed in a short period of time.

"We worked extremely well and got our message out so, from that standpoint, I'm overjoyed," he said. "But the message I take is that the country, or at least this district, is not ready for an independent candidate."

Meanwhile, Filemon Vela appeared to have won the race for Congressional District 34. He beat Republican candidate Jessica Puente Bradshaw.

District 34 includes DeWitt, Goliad, Bee, Jim Wells, Kleberg, Kenedy, Willacy and Cameron counties, as well as parts of San Patricio and Gonzales counties.

Attempts to contact Vela, a Brownsville attorney, Tuesday night were unsuccessful.

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