Democrats celebrate Harris County victories

By Syan Rhodes - Anchor/Reporter, Aaron Barker - Senior Web Editor

HOUSTON - Democrats may have lost the White House, but locally the party celebrated Tuesday night wins in major Harris County races.

Democrat Kim Ogg unseated incumbent Republican Devon Anderson in the race for Harris County district attorney.

In the race for Harris County sheriff, Democrat Ed Gonzales beat incumbent Republican Ron Hickman.

A lot of judicial races also ended in the Democrats' favor.

“I’m very proud of the team and candidates that made sure Dems swept Harris County,” said Lane Lewis, chair of the Harris County Democratic Party.

Harris County Republican Party Chairman Paul Simpson said his side’s losses boiled down to being outspent in local races and Donald Trump.

“Donald Trump was actually the lowest vote-getter in Harris County,” Simpson said. “Our down-ballots outperformed him, but with those kinds of headwinds … It was too much to overcome in this one election.”

Simpson said that the GOP knows Harris County is a battleground, and it’s always going to be close.

“We know there’s no permanent losses and no permanent victories,” Simpson said. “We’ll keep on fighting.”

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