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Houston District Attorney Kim Ogg Unseated By Teare

Former prosecutor Sean Teare unseated Kim Ogg, Harris County’s embattled, two-term district attorney Tuesday night in a primary race that divided county Democrats. Teare — a prosecutor in Ogg’s office until last year — will face Houston attorney Dan Simons, the lone Republican candidate in the race, in November’s general election, the Texas Tribune reports. Teare’s campaign had gained steam as Ogg faced a barrage of criticism from within her own party. He led Ogg in early and mail-in votes by over 50 percent Tuesday night. During an early-voting poll, he held a near 40 point lead over Ogg among likely voters.

"We have a vision," Teare told his supporters after his win. "We have something that we all really want to do, and what you just saw with those numbers means that the public is absolutely coming with us. The voters are coming with us. We are going to change Harris County." Ogg has taken flak from local Democrats for reneging on criminal justice reform promises, her alleged links to Texas Republicans and increasing resignations in her office. Over two terms in office, she investigated members of her party and publicly clashed with Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, a high-profile local progressive who endorsed Teare. Ogg's office baselessly filed criminal charges in thousands of cases, the Houston Chronicle revealed.


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