Alameel leads Democrats seeking US Senate seat

AP News
Posted: Mar 05, 2014 12:30 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Dallas dental mogul and former major GOP donor David Alameel remains atop the field seeking the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, but has not yet secured enough votes to avoid a runoff.

Alameel had won about 48 percent of the votes with 85 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night. But he had not topped 50 percent to avoid a runoff against one of four little-known candidates.

Born in Lebanon, Alameel won the endorsement of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis. He spent $4.5 million running unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012 and long donated generously to both parties. But he now says the GOP is too extreme.

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The Associated Press had called the race for Alameel, but uncalled it after a county's results had been miscounted.