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Valdez Beats White in Democratic Race for Governor

Lupe Valdez is set to be the Democratic nominee for governor in 2018.

On Tuesday night, Valdez scored 53 percent of the Democratic runoff vote, winning her party's nomination for governor. Valdez defeated Houston businessman and son of the late Governor Mark White, Andrew White. White received 47 percent of the vote, with his heaviest support coming from the coastal areas of Texas.

White conceded the race late on Tuesday and endorsed Valdez. Valdez issued a statement, thanking voters, telling her supporters, "tonight is for you."

Locally, Democrats in Potter and Randall Counties split between the two contenders. Potter County Democrats chose Valdez, 56 percent to 44 percent. Randall County Democrats broke for White, 55 percent to 45 percent.

Valdez, the former Dallas County sheriff, will face Republican incumbent Greg Abbott and Libertarian Mark Tippetts in November.

Photo by AIA Dallas

Photo by AIA Dallas

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