The crowd at Susan Hawk’s watch party erupted as the results for Dallas District Attorney refreshed on the center screen.
Hawk, a Republican challenging incumbent Democrat Craig Watkins, claimed victory with 50.59 percent of the vote with 720 of 807 precincts reporting. She had 188,261 votes to Watkins’ 183,838.
Hawk would become Dallas’ first female district attorney. As the midnight hour approached, Hawk aides said Watkins had not called to concede.
“This is unbelievable, I can’t even tell you,” Hawk said to her supporters.
“I think the voters of Dallas have spoken that we are ready for a change.”
Hawk says it’s never been about politics for her. She thanked her family, campaign team and friends.
“We’re going to be the best District Attorney’s office the nation’s ever seen,” she said.