Regional
2:07 pm
Mon May 26, 2014

TEA Party Looking For Big Wins Tuesday In Texas

   For all the talk of Texas growing competitive for Democrats in 2016 and beyond, Republican voters are poised to make a harder turn right in Tuesday's primary runoffs.

A victory for Republican Dan Patrick in a nasty lieutenant governor's race would be the biggest victory for tea party-backed candidates in Texas this primary season. Patrick has been favored to oust Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who's spent $5 million of his own fortune trying to win a fourth term.

Republicans are also settling on a nominee for attorney general and agriculture commissioner.

It's a far less lively runoff for Texas Democrats. Their main race is choosing a U.S. Senate nominee to serve as token opposition to Republican John Cornyn.

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