Burst the Bubble Blog: Wet/Dry Unofficial Results Pour In

November 2, 2010 by · Comments Off 

9:50 p.m.
By Elizabeth Lowe

This year’s midterm election marks a pivotal point in Dallas history: the day Dallas went “Wet.”

Dallas voters were asked to vote for or against Wet/Dry Propositions 1 and 2 during their time at the polls on Nov. 2. The Dallas Morning News’ City Hall Blog gave a great rundown of the Wet/Dry propositions on the ballots. Although the wording on the ballot seemed a bit confusing, the people of Dallas made their voice heard on alcohol sales.

As of 9:30 p.m., unofficial election results from the City of Dallas show a “Wet”-favored majority.

At this time 66 percent of voters, with 131 of 399 precincts reporting, support Proposition 1. This first part of the Wet/Dry Proposition allows for the sale of beer and wine at convenience and grocery stores. Proposition 2 is showing even more definitive results in the City of Dallas with 72 percent of voters “FOR” the legal sale of mixed drinks in restaurants. This would eliminate the “drinking club” cards throughout the city, allowing for open service to anyone of age.

So what about University Park? The historical and often conservative city in the midst of Dallas has been dry since Prohibition. But Mustangs (of age) rejoice! It seems U.P. will also be getting “Wet” as a result of the Nov. 2 elections.

Although the results are unofficial at this time, the voters of U.P. show a similar support for Propositions 1 and 2. With four out of nine precincts reporting results, about 60 percent of voters are “FOR” both Propositions.

The Dallas Observer has already called the Wet/Dry election results with the online headline: “Dallas Is Getting Wet, And It Ain’t The Rain”

By midnight tonight will “Dry” merely be a term of Dallas’ past? Early election results seem to say so.
As some states like California move toward legalizing marijuana, the residents of Dallas, TX just want to drink- and buy -their libations freely as legal adults.

Election Blog: Major Newspapers Call Perry Winner

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9:11 p.m. – Texas Newsrooms Call Gubernatorial Race
Report from Editorial Staff

Several major newspapers in Texas are already calling the gubernatorial election in Texas. According to The Dallas Morning News Republican Governor Rick Perry has won another term as Texas governor defeating Democrat Bill White. The DMN announcement comes as 16 percent of the precincts reporting shows Perry with 57 percent to White’s 41 percent.

Austin American Statesman announces Perry has won his re-election campaign citing the Associated Press who had already called the race. In early voting with about 1.4 million votes in, Perry was ahead of White 59 percent to 38 percent.

The Houston Chronicle has also announced that Perry has won reelection. According to the papers’ live blog the win, which is expected to be in double digits may lead to a presidential run for Perry.

Election Blog: Dallas Democratic Party Gathers at American Airlines Center

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9:09 p.m. – Disappointed Democrats as Rick Perry Announced Winner of Gubernatorial Race
Report from Kyle Spencer

(PHOTO BY KYLE SPENCER / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

8:25 p.m. – Democrat Watch Party at AAC
Report from Aida Ahmed

Although originally planned for the plaza at Victory Park, the Dallas Democratic watch party has been moved inside to the Jack Daniel’s Club inside American Airlines Center. Crowds are slowly starting to file in despite the change of plans due to weather.

People are keeping a close eye on the flat screen TVs tuned to CNN and local Dallas channels. All the major Dallas media outlets have set up shop for the night and are also waiting to see how the local races turn out.

Few candidates are in the house tonight though more reportedly are en route to the watch party. Democratic politicians in attendance include Texas House Representative Helen Giddings, District 109. Dallas County Treasurer Joe Wells is also in attendance as he seeks re-election this year.

Stay tuned for updates on how Democrats are faring in Dallas as well as state-wide.

(PHOTO BY KWYNN KIRKHUFF / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

7:35 p.m. – Steve Pickett of CBS11 Speaks with Texas Democratic Regional Communications Director

A CBS11 Reporter speaks with Mike Ogilnick, Texas Democratic Regional Communications Director at midterm watch party inside AAC. (PHOTO BY KYLE SPENCER / SMU DAILY MUSTANG)