Dallas Democrats sweep all eight county offices again

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Dallas County Democrats erupted after network projections declared President Obama the winner of the election.



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Posted on November 7, 2012 at 2:40 AM

DALLAS — Democrats swept every race in which they competed in Dallas County for the fourth year in a row on Tuesday.

Sheriff Lupe Valdez earned 58 percent of the vote, and Tax Assessor-Collector John Ames got almost 60 percent of the vote.

Theresa Daniel now has a seat at Commissioners Court, beating her Republican rival with 62 percent of the vote.

Embattled County Commissioner John Wiley Price — who is currently under federal investigation — won handily with 71 percent of the vote.

Democratic judges Eric Moye and Ken Molberg both ran unopposed and will return to the bench.

Dallas County Democrats exploded in cheers, tears, and hugs as President Obama's campaign won enough electoral votes for a second term.

"The feeling that I feel right now, I'm just like 'Wow! Another four years!,'" said Democrat Avis Keelen.

The local party prepared for about 600 supporters inside a ballroom at the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion. But many more than that number showed up, cautiously optimistic early on, that their candidate would remain in the White House.

"The enthusiasm we talked about that would be shown after we got across the goal line... that enthusiasm is here just as it was in 2008," explained State Sen. Royce West, (D-Dallas).

Vendors couldn't keep Obama campaign buttons in stock at the Democratic watch party. They even sold out of surplus ones they still had from four years ago.

But as confident as Dallas Democrats were on Tuesday night, Sen. West conceded that the party has a long way to go on the state level.

Republicans continue to dominate those offices, winning again decisively.

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