Who is Grady Yarbrough, and why are all these people voting for him?
That was one of many questions on the minds of Texas Democrats Tuesday night, when they scoured the state’s primary results and realized that a mystery man had somehow secured a place in the July 31 runoff for U.S. Senator.
Yarbrough, 75, is a retired African American teacher who worked for 12 years in SAISD and lives in downtown San Antonio. He didn’t raise a dime for his campaign. He didn’t do any serious advertising. He doesn’t have a campaign website. He’s never held elective office. His campaign basically consisted of getting his name on the Democratic primary ballot and putting up a few posters in San Antonio. Oh, and one more thing: nearly 128,000 Texans just voted to send him to the U.S. Senate.