With strong support from grassroots conservatives, State Senator Dan Patrick of Houston easily defeated incumbent David Dewhurst to become the Republican nominee for Lt. Governor.
While Tea Party candidates have not fared well against traditional Republicans in some states, they have apparently gained a foothold in Texas.
The 91-year-old Texas Republican who is the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House has been ousted in a primary runoff. Little-known Republican primary challenger John Ratcliffe defeated Rep. Ralph Hall in the first runoff he’d ever faced.
Tea party favorite Ken Paxton has won the Republican nomination for Texas attorney general after a bruising runoff against fellow lawmaker Dan Branch. Paxton is now the favorite to replace Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor.
Dan Patrick saluted the Tea Party during his victory speech as he unseated longtime Republican incumbent Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.
After 17 terms in office, and running for his 18th, Republican Ralph Hall finds himself fighting for his political career.
Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst has one week left to convince voters to keep him on the job another four years. Dewhurst is in a run-off with State Senator Dan Patrick of Houston — who beat him 41-percent to 28-percent in March.
Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick have advanced to a runoff for lieutenant governor in the Republican primary, extending an already bruising campaign for one of the state’s most powerful offices.
Turnout was low for the Texas primary, and a July 31 runoff to decide who wins the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate is likely to see it sink even lower.