Texas GOP Race Turns Nasty
In the early days of the Texas Republic, candidates were known to call each other drunks and hog thieves. Elections haven’t gotten much tamer since. A brutal Republican runoff for Texas lieutenant governor is shaping up as one of the nastiest races in the country, let alone the Lone Star State.
The feud hit a flashpoint just days before early voting got under way this week, as one candidate’s private medical history — including caregiver notes from a psychiatric facility — was released to reporters. The development follows a round of political mudslinging and attack ads.
The verbal slugfest pits David Dewhurst, who has served as Texas lieutenant governor since 2003, against state Sen. Dan Patrick. The two are heading into a Republican runoff later this month.