Islamophobic Texas lawmaker loses re-election by 118 votes

A first-term Texas state lawmaker who made national headlines last year by asking Muslims visiting her office to take a loyalty oath has been narrowly defeated in the Republican primary. On Facebook, she posted that her staff had been instructed “to ask representatives from the Muslim community to renounce Islamic terrorist groups and publicly announce allegiance to America and our laws.” Duty last August spent a weekend in jail after being found in contempt of court for violating a gag order in a 2009 capital murder case. A Democratic candidate for Jefferson County sheriff who had a window shot out at her campaign office hours before the election will advance to a runoff. Police say witnesses told investigators that someone in an SUV shouted racial slurs before a shot was fired from the vehicle. Prosecutors say money was funneled to Price, sometimes via consultants, to provide insider information to businesses bidding to secure various contracts with the county, including for computer-related services.

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