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March 4, 2014 - 5:47 pm

Texans went to the polls today to vote in primaries for all congressional seats, a senator, governor, lieutenant governor, other statewide offices and district and local offices. Returns are starting to trickle in. You can follow them at the links below.

Republican Primaries

Democratic Primaries

Update (8:17 pm): Several races can be called early, including governor on both sides. Republican Greg Abbott will face off against Democrat Wendy Davis for governor.

Update (8:33 pm): Texas Land Commissioner race called — George P. Bush has won the Republican nomination to succeed Jerry Patterson. Patterson is running behind in the lieutenant governor race.

¬†Update (9:24 pm): The state’s most-watched race won’t end tonight. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and state Sen. Dan Patrick are headed to a runoff after neither racked up 50% in the GOP lite gov primary.

We could be looking at the high water mark for Wendy Davis’ run for governor. She’ll win the Democratic primary easily, but Democratic votes are running about 3 to 1 behind the GOP primary totals so far, and she is showing weakness in the vital Rio Grande Valley. Her extreme position on abortion may not be playing well in the heavily Hispanic, heavily Catholic region of the state.

Update (9:48 pm): Now that the Senate race is done and dusted, let’s talk about that thing for a minute. Sen. John Cornyn may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he has racked up a 93% conservative voting record. He has made a mistake or two, notably supporting Crist over Rubio in the Florida Senate race, but overall he has been a better senator than most by some distance. His closest challenger, Rep. Steve Stockman, ran one of the most bizarre, unserious races in modern history. We run the risk sometimes of allowing the perfect to become the enemy of the good, risking in this case handing over a very safe seat upon which a GOP Senate majority can be built to a Democrat challenger. Had Stockman won tonight, that’s what was at risk.

He didn’t, and Cornyn cruised. Not all incumbents deserve to be primaried.

One more thought. By all conservative accounts around the country, Texas is one of the few states that’s doing it right. Well, those who are doing it right in Texas are mostly incumbent Republicans, no? So, again, not all incumbents deserve to be primaried. They don’t deserve to hold seats for life either. But it might be wise to think a bit more strategically about who does and doesn’t deserve the primary treatment.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Cornyn deserved to be primaried, even if he did not deserve to lose in November. A total of 67% is a warning to him. I voted for Dwayne Stovall because I was unhappy with several of Cornyn's choices and it was the only way to express my displeasure. I will vote for him in the general, and I would have voted for him in a run-off against Stockman (but not Stovall).



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Just read several national MSM stories about the Texas primary results and they mostly focus on the wrong things. The big news was incumbent Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst's distant 2nd place finish to challenger Dan Patrick. That's voters sending a strong message of frustration with the Republican establishment. The establishment candidate for Attorney General, Dan Branch, came in 2nd to Ken Paxton. Incumbent state Senator John Carona lost to challenger Don Huffines. Many incumbents lost. In general, the candidates endorsed by some Tea Party group did well against the candidates endorsed by the chamber of commerce, police, and realtors.

http://res.dallasnews.com/interactives/march2014elections/
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I voted for Stovall also. Cornyn is very mush in the pocket of the establishment GOP. Cornyn can point to his conservative votes and I can point to his complete and total Do Nothing to uphold the Constitution.
HE didn't even move to support, much less enforce, his own MOVE Act. Not so much as a peep over the disgraceful treatment of our military voters.
I didn't expect this primary to force him out. I do however hope it threw a scare into him and his Big Money backers. Cornyn is a Rove Republican and they are part of the problem.
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Cornyn deserved to be primaried, even if he did not deserve to lose in November. A total of 67% is a warning to him. I voted for Dwayne Stovall because I was unhappy with several of Cornyn's choices and it was the only way to express my displeasure. I will vote for him in the general, and I would have voted for him in a run-off against Stockman (but not Stovall).



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THIS is how it's done.


NOT by staying home.

41 weeks ago
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Everybody deserves a primary challenger. If the party rank-and-file judge the incumbent suitable -- as apparently they did with Cornyn -- it's useful to demonstrate that fact.

Yes, every time. An incumbent afraid of being judged by his party's voters is admitting he has issues.
41 weeks ago
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I will not mix up a crap sandwich with a peanut butter sandwich...ever.
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The most interesting primary race is Dewhurst/Patrick. Dan Patrick is a solid Christian Conservative and staunchly anti-abortion. The Lt Governor is a powerful position in Texas.
Patrick and the 2 other primary candidates, last I saw were running 60+% of the vote. Very much like the victory Cruz won a couple years ago in his runoff.
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Patrick is a big oppressive government RINO. He just talks a good game. He oppresses with government agencies just like Obama. He cheats people out of money duly owed. He parses words. Dewhurst/Patrick -- no difference. ONe has his own money, the other is in the process of getting very wealthy at taxpayer expense.
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The difference is Dewhurst is the incumbent. If there is no significant downside risk to getting rid of the old guy, fire the bastard as a warning to other politicians.
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That is not the ESPN personality Dan Patrick BTW.
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I wonder if there was a hispanic dem crossover into the republican primary in the Sessions-Pierson race. They might have been put off at the thought of a black coservative anti-illegal immigration. This might also explain the close losses by Parker, Love, and West in their 2012 races. The fact that Sessions and Abbott are "hispanic by osmosis" (former and current marriages, respectively) might also explain soft hispanic support and turnout for dem candidates.
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It looks, at 8:40PM Central, like there are not quite half as many Democrats voting in Texas as there are Republicans.

Wendy has 75% of the primary vote, but her total is a small fraction of Abbott's total. Its 3 to 1.

I feel badly for Mr. Secede Gilmore, though.
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So let's think about this a little bit with the "only 2%" numbers showing.

Abbott is beating Davis nearly 5-1. We know the outstanding 8% of his opponents votes will mostly accrue to him.

On the other side of the ticket we have lots of Republicans that voted in the Dem primary for various reasons - not the least of which was yanking Davis' chain with opposition votes.

I still won't underestimate OfA's Battleground Texas ability to wreak havoc for the next 6 months - but it's certainly drawing an interesting picture.
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