By Associated Press - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Houston businessman Mike Collier has clinched the Democratic nominee for Texas comptroller.

Collier had no primary challenger Tuesday night and will be a heavy underdog in November. He never has held elected office and no Democrat has won a statewide race in 20 years.

Republican Comptroller Susan Combs didn’t seek re-election. She had drawn criticism from members of both parties over revenue projections that underestimated state spending power.

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