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Rand Paul, Rick Santorum Weigh In On Texas Senate Fight In Dallas County

Updated: Tuesday, February 11 2014, 12:08 PM CST

A Republican primary battle for a Dallas County state senate seat is attracting national attention and promises to have to have a considerable impact on the future of Texas politics.

Dallas real estate developer Don Huffines has cast himself as the tea party challenger to Sen. John Carona, a six-term incumbent who is widely considered a moderate maverick willing to buck party leadership and reach across the aisle.

Huffines has no prior political experience but that hasn't stopped huge endorsements from national conservative leaders. Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum has endorsed him and late last week, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky spoke at a Huffines rally. Huffines later explained to Dallas reporters why the de facto leader of the GOP's libertarian wing weighed in on such a localized race.

"It’s a matter of people who believe in limited government and less taxes," Huffines said. "That’s what Senator Paul believes in. That’s what I believe in."

In a subsequent conversation with those same reporters, Carona declared that he's "not just about ideology."

"Certainly, I'm a conservative," he continued. "I'm traditional conservative Republican and I'm proud of that. But I believe my job, and what sets me apart in this race, is that I know I'm there to get things done in Austin for the people of the district."

Rand Paul, Rick Santorum Weigh In On Texas Senate Fight In Dallas County


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