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Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Joe Straus, R-San Antonio, confer with staff.
An email from a lobbyist at one of the state's largest law firms suggests there may be efforts underway to persuade three second-place Republican primary finishers to withdraw from the May runoffs.
I attended a few election night watch parties Tuesday, both for statewide and local candidates.
In Texas, the lieutenant governor is almost as powerful as the governor, serving at the head of the state Senate, which requires 21 out of 31 votes to bring anything to the floor.
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As expected, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott won the GOP primary and State Senator Wendy Davis will represent the Democrats.
Sen. Dan Patrick probably has the upper hand as he heads into a runoff for lieutenant governor with incumbent David Dewhurst - at least, with the fraction of Texas Republicans who decide such races.
Republicans have voted for tried-and-true incumbents and fire-breathing conservatives, while Democrats have learned they still have a lot of building to do if they hope to compete in November.
A couple of weeks ago, during a rare moment while I was in my living room and not watching Friday Night Lights on Netflix and/or asleep on the couch, I happened across an attack ad from prospective lieutenant governor Dan Patrick.
Dewhurst and Patrick to Face Each Other in Runoff. It was expected David Dewhurst would take most of the votes, but Dan Patrick beat him rather easily.
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Call it a residual Ted Cruz effect, or simmering tea party fervor in the Texas GOP.
Lt. Governor candidate Dan Patrick right, greets Sylvia Withrow center, as her husband Gerry Withrow left, looks on at Patrick's election watch party.
Firebrand conservative radio talk show host and Texas state Sen. Dan Patrick pushed incumbent David Dewhurst into a runoff for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor on Tuesday, threatening to oust Dewhurst from one of the state's most powerful offices after 11 years.
In this Jan. 27, 2014 file photo, Republican Texas lieutenant governor candidate Lt.