All 12 Senate Democrats have declared their opposition to embattled interim Secretary of State David Whitley, seemingly dooming his confirmation chances following a controversial advisory last month that warned election administrators about noncitizens potentially voting illegally.
Whitley's confirmation requires the support of two-thirds of senators, or 21 of them if all 31 are present for the vote. The Senate has 19 Republicans who would probably support the governor's nominee, but without the support of any Democrats, confirmation is mathematically impossible.
In a statement to The Dallas Morning News on Friday, Sen. Carol Alvarado of Houston said she couldn't vote for Whitley.
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