ANALYST: Interactions with voters doomed LaHood's chances in primary

Dr. Henry Flores says that Nico LaHood's interactions with voters and a desire for new leadership led to Joe Gonzales' victory in the Democratic primary for Bexar County DA.

St. Mary's University Political Science Professor Dr. Henry Flores says that he is not shocked by the outcome in the Democratic primary for Bexar County District Attorney. He believes that incumbent Nico LaHood came across as arrogant and brash during the public forums, and because of that, he had a disconnect with the voters.

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Dr. Flores attended all the debates for this race to, in part, study the behavior of the candidates. He said that there was a big difference LaHood and challenger (and eventual winner) Joe Gonzales in how they presented themselves during the heated campaign.

He believes that LaHood could have been more thoughtful and respectful of the audience during these debates.

Dr. Flores also said that Bexar County voters were sending a message in the Democratic primary.

"They were looking for change," he said. "I think they were a little bit tired of the status quo, and so they were getting rid of what they thought was dead wood in the party to try and bring in some new blood and see some more responsiveness to the public."

Dr. Flores also gave some analysis on the Democratic race involving incumbent Representative Tomas Uresti, who could not get the majority of the votes over Leo Pacheco for state representative of District 118.

Uresti's brother is disgraced Senator Carlos Uresti. Dr. Flores said that Uresti's brother's troubles did have an impact on this race. Last month, Carlos Uresti was found guilty of 11 felonies for his role in a Ponzi scheme.