Democrat Lina Hidalgo defeats incumbent Ed Emmett in close race for Harris County judge

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Lina Hidalgo becomes first Latina county judge in Harris County
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Lina Hidalgo becomes the first Latina to be elected as Harris County Judge.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- Democrat Lina Hidalgo, a first-time candidate for Harris County judge, unseated Republican Ed Emmett, who was looking to win his third term on Tuesday night.

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Hidalgo, who served as a Spanish-English medical interpreter at the Texas Medical Center, was in a tight race with Emmett throughout the night until Hidalgo pulled ahead.

The win is an upset for Emmett, who has led the county through the flood bond vote roughly a year after Hurricane Harvey and the plan to revitalize the Astrodome.