Party Cruises To Wins In Texas Republican Primary Runoffs
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[May 28, 2014]
By Marice Richter
DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas Republicans aligned with Tea Party darling Ted
Cruz were projected to win primary runoffs on Tuesday for two of the
state's most powerful posts, while U.S. Representative Ralph Hall, 91,
was ousted by a challenger about half his age.
The Tea Party win over established politicians boosts the stature
of U.S. Senator Cruz, a possible 2016 Republican presidential
contender, and returns some luster to the Tea Party movement after
several candidates were defeated by mainstream Republicans in
primaries in other states last week.
The Dallas Morning News and other media outlets have projected that
Dan Patrick, a state senator backed by Cruz, will win the Republican
race for lieutenant governor over incumbent David Dewhurst.
Final results were likely to come out on Wednesday.
State Senator Ken Paxton, also aligned with Cruz, will defeat Dan
Branch, a state representative since 2002, in the race for attorney
general, according to media projections.
Hall, the oldest serving member of the House of Representatives,
lost in a Republican primary runoff election to Tea Party-backed
challenger, John Ratcliffe, a former U.S. attorney.
Hall, a World War Two veteran, was first elected to the U.S. House
in 1980 from congressional District 4, an area to the northeast of
Dallas. He was seeking his 18th term.
The winners of all these races will emerge as the favorites in the
general elections in November due to the dominance of Republicans
over Democrats in conservative Texas.
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The Tea Party movement, considered both conservative and
libertarian, advocates for a smaller federal government and tax
The runoffs are for races where no single candidate crossed the 50
percent threshold in the March 4 primary.
In the race for governor in the state with a $1.4 trillion annual
economy, current attorney general, Greg Abbott, easily won the March
Republican primary and will face Democrat Wendy Davis, who also won
(Writing by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Paul Tait)
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