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Texas Runoffs Could Be End For Lt. Gov. Dewhurst

Updated: Tuesday, May 27 2014, 06:37 PM CDT

Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst faces being ousted in a primary runoff by GOP voters who again appear ready to buck Texas' establishment candidates and welcome another tea party wave.

Republican nominations for lieutenant governor, attorney general and nearly a dozen statehouse seats will be settled Tuesday. GOP voters are also picking candidates in runoffs for agriculture commissioner and railroad commissioner.

The winners will all be favored in November against Democrats, whose party hasn't won a statewide office in Texas in 20 years.

Dewhurst has spent $5 million of his own fortune trying to win a fourth term. But he's struggled to gain ground on state Sen Dan Patrick, a fiery conservative talk radio hose and founder of the Legislature's tea party caucus.

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Texas Runoffs Could Be End For Lt. Gov. Dewhurst

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