Paxton Ahead of Huffines in Bitter Republican Primary Race for Texas Senate District 8

Educator and longtime McKinney resident Angela Paxton was slightly ahead late Tuesday in the heated battle for the Republican nomination for state Senate District 8. The Republican contest pitting Paxton against businessman Phillip Huffines is believed to be one of the most expensive Senate races in recent memory. Together, the two hard-right conservative candidates spent more than $9 million to woo voters in the weeks leading up to Tuesday's primary.It was also one of the nastier campaigns, with attack ads from both camps in recent weeks. "The early voting numbers were very encouraging," Paxton campaign spokesman Anthony Holm said. "Angela is in a strong position, and we're cautiously optimistic and await all the precincts to come in." Huffines campaign strategist Matt Langston said: "The race is too close to call with the majority of the votes left to be counted. We will continue to monitor the race throughout the evening."  Continue reading...

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