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Dems Hold Dallas County

By Bill Zeeble, KERA reporter

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Dallas, TX – Dallas County returned all its Democratic judges who were up for election to office. And with the re-election of Sheriff Lupe Valdez, they maintained their hold on the county. KERA's Bill Zeeble has more on the future of local Democrats and Republicans.

Democrats are breathing easier with Valdez's re-election. Republicans pinpointed Lupe Valdez and the failing jails as vulnerable targets. But to no avail, according to Democrat County Chair Darlene Ewing.

Ewing: I think we're here to stay. The Republicans, I'm sure they'll probably spin it last time it was a fluke. This time it was the Obama factor. They can call what they want. We still ran the table.

Ewing says voters were ready for a change. Jonathan Neerman chairs the Dallas County Republicans.

Neerman: You'll find we had high turnout for Republicans in Dallas county. We just got outscored. It wasn't that we fumbled the ball or let down our guard. In a year when Obama got so much vote out of enthusiastic people, they just got more votes.

Neerman says now it's time to rebuild, with a focus on recruiting younger and more minority Republicans. He says the next few years in the wilderness will be a good thing, giving his party a chance to renew its core values of small government and low taxes. Bill Zeeble KERA news.