The primary battle for Texas Senate District 25 appeared to be between two well-financed Republicans: incumbent Jeff Wentworth and Elizabeth Ames Jones. But on election night, Dr. Donna Campbell edged out Jones and found herself in a runoff with a candidate who outspent her 40 to 1.
“I’m still likely to be outspent, but not outworked,” Campbell said.
Campbell is a New Braunfels emergency room doctor. She has support from the Tea Party. She also won four of the six counties that make up the senate district. Two years ago, she ran for U.S. Congress against Lloyd Doggett. Her mission hasn’t changed.
"What do I want to do? Cut the run amok spending, appreciate the sanctity of life, and help our children not have to carry the debt that we're putting on them," Campbell said.
Campbell also wants to do away with the state’s primary tax on business, the margins tax and slash the budget to offset lost revenue.
Since the May election, Campbell has reached out to Jones and her supporters.
“We've talked, she's very supportive, you know she's a great woman,” Campbell said. “You know, when you look at the votes, even though he's been a senator for 20 years, over 60 percent of the votes, did not vote for him."
That’s why Campbell is reaching out to voters in places where Wentworth won – like Bexar County.
"A challenge is to have such a broad district and try and get people to know who I am, and really I’m just an average - I'm a mom, a wife, a woman of faith, and it's a blessing that I'm where I am, and you know I'm the first to admit it," Campbell said.