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Wow, what a night!
Another election has come and gone and as Tuesday night returns started rolling in, it became clear the Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed was going to have a nail-biting, bad night.
Democrat Nicolas "Nico" LaHood ousted Reed, who has been Bexar County's top prosecutor since 1998, in a razor close race with a little more than 3 percent of the vote.
And she didn't take it well.
Search Reed's name on Twitter and you'll see multiple reports about how she walked out of her own election watch party without even uttering a word to supporters, much less commenting on the loss to media.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, Reed and her campaign manager Kelton Morgon didn't return calls requesting comment.
This afternoon, however, Reed released a statement.
“It’s been my honor to have served Bexar County for 28 years as an elected official, sixteen of them as Bexar County’s Criminal District Attorney,” Reed said. “This morning, I reached out to Mr. Nico Lahood and let him know we would do everything through the end of the year to make this a smooth transition into the next administration. I thank the citizens of this community for giving me the honor to serve them.”
LaHood received a ton of money from a Corpus Christi attorney, which enabled him to purchase a lot of advertising, saturating the media with his name. The Express-News has dutifully reported on the unprecedented influx of cash into LaHood's negative campaign against Reed, who also ran an ugly campaign against LaHood, while the paper's advertising arm faithfully published multiple full page ads from LaHood and Reed.
The District 2 special election to replace Ivy Taylor, who left the district after her colleagues appointed her mayor, is heading to a runoff with appointed incumbent Keith A. Toney (31.43%) losing to Alan E. Warrick (32.25%). Both Toney and Warrick applied for the appointment to replace Taylor and gave pitches to City Council, though Toney, who is older and has a decade of school board experience, won the spot.
The San Antonio Express-News reports that the runoff will be December 9.
It was no surprise that Bexar County Precinct 2 Commissioner Paul Elizondo beat out his three third-party contenders (No Republican bothered running). But the commission does have a new face with Democrat Tommy Calvert winning the Bexar County Precinct 4 spot over Republican Timothy Wilson. The Express-News reports that Calvert is the first black man to serve on the commission. Calvert beat out Wilson by nearly 10 percentage points. He replaces long-time commissioner Tommy Adkisson, who tried to oust Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff (re-elected last night) in the primary. Adkisson is eyeing a mayoral race, but hasn't made a formal announcement.
And so, despite former City Council member (and Republican) Carlton Soules' attempts to align Wolff (a Democrat) with the dreaded and evil Empire from the Star Wars movies, the incumbent won the election easily and by a margin that was almost 8 percent.
This post was updated to include comment from Reed.