Results: Cornyn Defeats Kirk
State Attorney General John Cornyn (R) defeated former Dallas
Mayor Ron Kirk (D) in the race for a U.S. Senate seat, according
to results released by the Texas secretary of state. Cornyn earned
55 percent of the vote to Kirk's 43 percent.
Heads to Washington, D.C.
GOP candidate John Cornyn cruised to victory over Democratic challenger
Ron Kirk in the Texas Senate election.
popular two-term Dallas mayor,
conceded defeat just before 1:00am EST, but encouraged his supporters
to keep their "heads held high because you participated in
a journey, like none this state has ever seen." Kirk sought
to become the Lone Star state's first African-American senator
Cornyn, currently the state attorney general, plans to succeed
the retiring Republican three-term Sen. Phil Gramm.
want to be a senator that represents all Texans. And I think this
is the time for us to come together -- Republicans, Democrats,
Independents and others to try to figure out how we can do what's
best for all Texans,” Cornyn said in his acceptance speech last
fought an uphill battle against Cornyn, a conservative Republican,
in a state where the GOP is the dominant party and the former
governor, President George W. Bush, remains popular among voters.
of the votes (2,480,991)
Kirk obtained 43 percent
the votes (1,946,681).
Almost 36 percent of voters in Texas turned out to cast their
ballot in the fiercely fought Senate race.
(11/7, 7:22 pm EDT)
Relied on Bush Popularity
Cornyn trailed in the polls at the outset of the campaign, but
several appearances by President George W. Bush and members of
his family helped invigorate the state's Republican voter base.
-- From KERA - Dallas (11/05)
Study Senate Candidates' Record in Public Office
John Cornyn wants to be portrayed as tough on companies that try
to cheat Texans. Ron Kirk frames his record in terms of consensus-building.
Both depictions are subject to debate but neither candidate is
running on his record alone.
-- From KERA - Dallas (10/31)
Americans Take to Polls in TX
Candidates in statewide races are courting Asian voters. For the
first time, nominees have hired Asian-outreach specialists --
a far cry from how politicians addressed the Asian communities
eight years ago.
-- From KERA - Dallas (10/30)
Spar Over Social Security
In an Oct. 23 debate hosted by KERA, both candidates tried to
claim the political promised land of saving Social Security. --
From KERA - Dallas (10/25)
- Dallas & Texasdebates.com
-- Candidate Debates:
Wednesday 10/23, 7-8 PM CT Governor: Thursday 10/24, 7-8
PM CT Lt. Gov: Thursday 10/24, 8-8:30 PM CT Attorney
General: Thursday 10/24, 8:30-9 PM CT
live video link will be provided on the night of each debate.
Fundraising Take Spotlight on Campaign Trail
Update: The question of possible
military action in Iraq and fundraising from failed Texas energy
giant Enron have emerged as critical issues in the race for the
U.S. Senate from Texas. (10/04)
Video | RealAudio:
Betty Ann Bowser reports on the issues and personalities that
are driving the surprisingly close Senate contest in President
Bush's home state. (10/04)
candidates round tight corner toward November
Whether in Texas or Washington, President Bush is playing a supporting
role in the drama that has become the Texas Senate race. He's
dispatched his wife, his father, his vice-president and one of
his most prominent aides to campaign for John Cornyn.
-- From KERA - Dallas (9/26)
battle over middle ground
Update: The two main candidates
in the neck-and-neck race to fill outgoing Republican Sen. Phil
Gramm's seat are each fighting hard to maintain a moderate image
while portraying their opponent as a narrow-minded partisan.