Veasey beats Garcia in Democratic runoff for House seat

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by MONIKA DIAZ and CASEY NORTON

WFAA

Posted on July 31, 2012 at 10:49 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 31 at 10:54 PM

Marc Veasey took the stage at his campaign headquarters late Tuesday night to claim victory over Domingo Garcia in the Democratic runoff for U.S. House District 33.

Garcia's campaign was dealing with a power outage as the music played on at the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff;  then Garcia emerged to concede defeat to 400 supporters in the crowd.

With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Veasey maintained a 53-47 margin over Garcia.

He credited a coalition of voters from all different backgrounds and all different walks of life for the victory over what he called "Republican obstructionists."

"We knew it was going to be close; we knew it was going to be a lot of hard work; and so I'm happy that we're at the point where we're at right now.," Veasey said before he declared victory.

Veasey will face Republican Chuck Bradley in the November election.

Garcia waited until the last votes came in from his stronghold in Dallas County before conceding.

"We were the underdog; we started from behind, but we caught up," he said. "This is only one battle. The struggle for social justice and the struggle to make sure that every American is counted and is at the table continues, and that's what this campaign was about."

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