5 Things to Watch While the Runoff Elections Are Underway
The results of Texas’ primary runoff elections on Tuesday could reveal underlying trends ahead of the November general election in the nation’s largest conservative state. Here are five things to watch in the Republican and Democratic runoffs:
1. TEA PARTY TRIUMPH?
Ever since grass-roots firebrand Ted Cruz upset Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in their 2012 Republican U.S. Senate primary, most top Texas conservatives have scrambled hard to the right. Even though insurgent candidates have struggled this year elsewhere around the country, the Texas GOP’s enthusiastic embrace of tea party ideals will continue if two runoff races go as expected. Houston state Sen. Dan Patrick, who founded the tea party caucus in the Texas Legislature, is poised to knock Dewhurst from a post he has held since 2003. And state Sen. Ken Paxton, after billing himself as the second-coming of Cruz, is favored in the GOP attorney general runoff against veteran state Rep. Dan Branch.