A millionaire investor and former Ross Perot adviser beat political brawler Jim Mattox to become Texas Democrats' candidate for the U.S. Senate. Richard Fisher will face Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the fall. With all but three precincts counted, Fisher had 54% of the vote to 46% for Mattox. In other races, the GOP chose two U.S. House candidates: Jo Baylor and Bobby Ortiz; the Democrats picked Ken Bentsen, nephew of Treasury Secretary Lloyd Bentsen. And Democrats in Houston rejected as Harris County party leader a transsexual ex-convict. Leslie Elaine Perez lost to David Mincberg. Perez came within hours of the electric chair for a 1961 murder conviction that was overturned because of suppressed evidence. Perez had a sex-change operation after her 1971 parole.
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