The Associated Press has called the 33rd Congressional District -- one of four new districts Texas gained because of population growth -- in favor of Democrat state Rep. Marc Veasey of Fort Worth.\
With only early votes tallied, Veasey was in the lead with 72.4 percent of the vote, to Republican Chuck Bradley's 26.4 percent and Libertarian Ed Lindsay's 1.19 percent, according to results posted online by the Texas Secretary of State's office.
This district, which stretches from Fort Worth's Stockyards to Dallas' Oak Cliff neighborhood, was designed to give North Texas minority voters a chance to elect a U.S. representative of their choice.
Veasey, who began his political career as an aide to former U.S. Rep. Martin Frost, D-Arlington, won a multi-million, fiercely contested Democratic primary battle earlier this year against former state Rep. Domingo Garcia of Dallas.
-- Anna M. Tinsley