Results crawl in

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012

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The presidential race may have been a cliffhanger, but suspense was in short supply this election night in Wise County, and most of Texas.

NOT EASY BEING GREEN – Matthew Britt, a 21-year-old Green Party candidate from Decatur, visits an election watch party at the home of Decatur High School teacher Della Stallard. Despite being a young, third party candidate, Britt managed to acquire more than 11 percent of the total votes in race for state representative of District 61. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

By the time the Messenger went to press, the networks had made the call and President Barack Obama was making his acceptance speech.

Most Texas races could have been called weeks ago.

Republican Ted Cruz’ lead over Democrat Paul Sadler for the U.S. Senate seat was hovering at 58 percent to 40 percent. Congresswoman Kay Granger held a 71 percent lead and Mac Thornberry, Wise County’s other representative in the U.S. House, had 91 percent of the votes.

State Sen. Craig Estes had an 87 percent lead.

For the Wise County totals – including the Paradise city council and the Northwest ISD bond issue – check the Messenger web site,

For more in-depth reporting on all those races, see this weekend’s Messenger.

REFLECTING THE PEOPLE – Steven Eichthaler, of Decatur, headed out Tuesday morning to exercise his right to vote. Like most in Wise County, he was looking for a change in the White House. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

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