Republican Angela Paxton Wins Over Democrat Mark Phariss for Texas District 8 Senate Seat - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
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Republican Angela Paxton Wins Over Democrat Mark Phariss for Texas District 8 Senate Seat

District 8 covers portions of Dallas and Collin counties

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    Angela Paxton Wins Texas District 8 Senate Seat

    Angela Paxton, wife of Texas' indicted attorney general, has been elected to the Legislature, winning a heavily Republican Senate seat representing suburban Dallas. (Published Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018)

    Angela Paxton, wife of Texas' indicted attorney general, has been elected to the Legislature, winning a heavily Republican Senate seat representing suburban Dallas.

    Texas Senate - District 8

    100% ReportingNov 17, 10:04 PM
    Angela Paxton (R)

    169133

    51%
    Mark Phariss (D)

    161324

    49%

    Republican Angela Paxton, an ex-Christian academy guidance counselor, topped Mark Phariss. He's a lawyer who sued over the right to marry his partner and was trying to become Texas' first openly gay state senator.

    Paxton's husband, Ken, was re-elected Tuesday despite being indicted on felony securities fraud charges.

    A frequent singer at public events, Angela Paxton for years sung that she's a "pistol-packing mama whose husband sues Obama," referencing Texas frequently suing to block regulations issued by the previous administration.

    Tuesday's result was expected after Paxton beat Phillip Huffines, twin brother of Republican state Sen. Don Huffines, in a GOP primary where both combined to spend a record $12-plus million.

    District 8 straddles Dallas and Collin counties, covering portions of Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Frisco, Allen, McKinney and many others.

    The seat's former occupant, Republican Sen. Van Taylor, was elected to U.S. Congress.