Saturday, May 18, 2024

Chavez-Thompson Wins Democratic Nomination for Texas Lieutenant Governor

Labor leader Linda Chavez-Thompson won the Democratic nomination yesterday in the Texas lieutenant governor’s race. The former AFL-CIO official defeated ex-Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle and Austin deli owner Marc Katz. Chavez-Thompson will face Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the November election.

Since 1994 Democrats have been shut out of every statewide office but supporters believe Chavez-Thompson can overcome the Republican dominance of years past.

In a statement she said, “I’m humbled to have won the Democratic Primary without a runoff. On the other hand, our job is just beginning as we take our message to independent voters, frustrated voters, and working families.”

Chavez-Thompson had 53 percent of the vote in complete but unofficial results. Earle had 35 percent and Katz had 12 percent of the vote.