Kay Granger won the race for U.S. House District 12, defeating her Democratic challenger with 72 percent of the popular vote.
Instead of spending the evening at an election party, Granger watched the election from the quite of her home in Fort Worth, said Mattie Parker, Granger’s campaign manager.
While not all the results have filtered through for the House elections, Granger will head back to Washington to work with the same president. She has represented District 12 since 1997.
“She feels like people across the country are asking congress to work on what they can work on and just go from there,” Parker said.
Granger received $1.2 million campaign contributions that dwarfed the couple thousand dollar budgets of her Democratic and Libertarian opponents.
Congress’ low approval rating and neglect of the public education system drove Dave Robinson, the Democratic challenger, to run for office. But his lack of funds and self-managed campaign strategy were his primary weakness, Robinson said.
The mounting $13 trillion debt and cronyism prompted Matthew Solodow, the Libertarian candidate to run for office in District 12.
Robinson came away with 27 percent of vote, while Solodow received just under 2 percent of the vote.
Both candidates had hoped for better results, but neither expected to win. Robinson had his sights set on 35 percent; Solodow said he expected around 4 percent.
Solodow came home from work, ate dinner with his family and then watched the election unfold until late Tuesday night.
The only one of the three candidates out celebrating Tuesday was Robinson. He attended an election party with fellow Democrats at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Fort Worth.
Friends have urged Robinson to run again next election cycle, but he is uncertain as to whether he will invest the time and effort it took to run a campaign.
“The Democratic Party just kind of threw me out there and said you’re not going to get any help from us,” Robinson said. “I am not going to run again without some kind of support.”