GOP continues delegation dominance
Nov. 6, 2012 at 5:06 a.m.
Updated Nov. 7, 2012 at 5:07 a.m.
DALLAS (AP) - Republicans will continue to dominate the Texas delegation in Washington, winning 24 seats to the Democrats' 12.
Republicans won 22 out of 32 seats in 2010, and Democrats switched one seat from red to blue in their bid to diminish Republican control of the House of Representatives.
State Rep. Pete Gallego defeated incumbent Republican Quico Canseco in a tight race in the 23rd District, which sprawls along the border from San Antonio to nearly El Paso.
State Sen. Randy Weber won the seat held by Ron Paul, who retired this year, defeating former Democratic Congressman Nick Lampson.
In the new 33rd district in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, Democratic state Rep. Marc Veasey easily won the election. Former U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman is headed back to Congress to represent the Republican-dominated 36th district centered on Liberty County.
In Central Texas, veteran Democratic Congressman Lloyd Doggett found himself living outside of the redrawn 25th district. He decided to run in the new 35th district, which he easily won. Republican Roger Williams coasted to victory in the Republican-dominated 25th district, stretching from Austin to southern Tarrant County.
Democrat Joaquin Castro replaced retiring Rep. Charles Gonzalez in San Antonio, and Beto O'Rourke will replace veteran Silvestre Reyes, whom O'Rourke defeated in the Democratic primary.