The West Texas district attorney accused of ignoring a graphic and detailed report alleging rampant sexual abuse at a state juvenile jail has won re-election.There's an old saying in politics that a gerrymandered incumbent can typically only be defeated if they're caught with a "dead girl or a live boy," which explains why the Pyote case generated such turmoil in Austin.
Randall W. "Randy" Reynolds beat challenger Kevin Acker, the Ward County attorney, with about 68 percent of the vote in complete but unofficial returns in the Democratic primary. There were no Republicans on the ballot.
Which makes this outcome all the more mysterious: I don't know if Ward County voters would care if Reynolds were himself caught with a "live boy," but they don't seem to mind if those in his jurisdiction who do find themselves in that predicament avoid prosecution. What other conclusion can you draw from this result?