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Texas GOP primary a good night for conservatives
redstate.com ^ | 3/4/14 | Freedom Truth

Posted on 03/05/2014 9:27:45 AM PST by cotton1706

A good night for conservatives in the GOP primary.

Cornyn fended off challengers, but at only 60% up against 7 dwarves, the establishment should be put on notice.

Conservative Dan Patrick leads for Lt Gov. This defies polls but tells us Dan Patrick is in a good position to win. I supported Jerry Patterson, and that support will imho go mostly to Dan Patrick.

For AG, its conservative Ken Paxton up against Straus-ally Dan Branch. Encouragingly, Ken Paxton has a strong lead. Smitherman at 20% is support that should/will go to Paxton.

Comptroller, similarly the leading vote-getting is Glen Hagar, who got YCT and other conservative endorsements. He’s up against Hilderbran, also a good candidate, if a bit more in the establishment camp. the RonPaul-wing candidate Debra Medina (ran against Perry in 2010) fell short of even getting into runoff, surprising given a poll that had her leading.

Ag Commisioner was a bigger messier field, but Sid Miller, conservative State Rep, leads that, and in a runoff with the dreadful RINO former State Rep Tommy Merritt (which David Simpson took out in 2010 in david vs goliath fashion). Miller at 35% to Merritt’s 21% in this round leaves me feeling pretty good about the runoff outcome.

Land Commissioner, George P. Bush waltzed right in. Only other candidate, David Watts, was underfunded / unknown. You are a Hispanic and a Bush? you dont need an election, you need a coronation. Frankly, I would have preferred we cultivate Hispanic candidates not named Bush, but then since George P. is a founder of HRT (Hispanic Republicans of Texas) I am sure he agrees.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2014gopprimary; 2014midterms; elections; tx2014
From the article:

The other guy who won in a walk, of course, is the top of the ticket, Greg Abbott for Governor, a shoo-in even before Tom Pauken bowed out in December. Given the latest poll shows him double-digits ahead of Abortion Bar… um, Wendy Davis, he must be feeling good right now.

The conservative incumbent justices defeated the trial-lawyer-sponsored challengers handily.

And the last piece of good news. State Sen Donna Campbell (TX-25), conservative and a “Tea Party” type that the establishment wanted to take down, easily defeated a two-headed challenge and won without having to go into a runoff.

It’s also true that other incumbents aside from Cornyn, like Lamar Smith, Pete Sessions and Joe Strauss survived their underfunded challengers, BUT conservative challengers DID win down-ballot:

- Rinaldi defeats Ratliff (of the Ratliff lobbying family) - Tinderholt defeats Diane Patrick (pal of educrat lobby) - White defeats Sheffield (Straus ally gets the boot)

http://kdhnews.com/centerforpolitics/news/sheffield-s-support-of-straus-draws-tea-party-opposition/article_102ede60-9c42-11e3-9434-001a4bcf6878.html - and a biggie, Huffines defeats Corona in a State Senate race. Corona was one of the most liberal/moderate of Republicans. The Senate with one more Republican, a few more conservatives and Dan Patrick leading it, will not be the weak sister it’s been in the past.

These are all conservative wins. So despite several of my preferred candidates not winning, I’m pleased with the outcome overall. Conservatives are in a position, should the top vote getters win their respective runoffs, to have a strong set of conservatives in most / all statewide offices. These are the candidates to support in the runoff, already winning a lot of conservative organization endorsements and support: Lt Gov – Dan Patrick

AG – Ken Paxton

Comptroller – Glen Hagar

Ag Commissioner – Sid Miller

Railroad Commissioner – Wayne Christian

1 posted on 03/05/2014 9:27:45 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: cotton1706

Good on ya Texas...

Show the rest of the country how it’s done!!!


2 posted on 03/05/2014 9:30:06 AM PST by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: cotton1706

I supported the judges trying to overthrow the tort reform. its unconstitutional as hell and will put many Americans at risk. The stories of negligence are piling up and there is not a dang thang you can do...no lawyer will take a medmal case now. Stop and think! How this will evolve when OCARE kicks in and the FEDS enact tort reform...gee fun huh? Do you have a vet you can trust?


3 posted on 03/05/2014 9:33:04 AM PST by magna carta
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To: magna carta

http://www.stopthemagnet.com/blog/demonizing-trial-lawyers-radioactive-hypocrisy-alert


4 posted on 03/05/2014 9:35:21 AM PST by magna carta
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To: magna carta

TEXANS FOR LAWSUIT REFORM
http://www.tlrpac.com/


5 posted on 03/05/2014 9:41:51 AM PST by magna carta
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To: cotton1706

Joe Straus, although he retained his seat, is not such a shoe-in to retain his Speakership. A number of his supporters retired and a further four more got primaried, at least partly on the basis of their support for him. His Speakership depended on votes from the ‘Rat caucus and a close coterie of GOP quislings. After they see what happened to his closest allies, he may not be able to recruit enough GOPers this time to hold back a strong challenge. Tea Partier Scott Turner has filed to challenge but he’s a relative newb and may not have enough gravitas for the old dogs to follow him.


6 posted on 03/05/2014 9:45:58 AM PST by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes EVERYTHING)
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To: cotton1706
As far as I'm concerned the creation of the federal government was the creation by the people of a necessary evil. So IMO, electing politicians into the federal government (and state and local government for that matter - but the federal government is capable of much more harm so it needs much more oversight) is like a treaty between us and a potential foreign enemy. It is a treaty between we the people and the elected officials in government. The best advice I've seen about how to mange treaties with potential enemies is this: TRUST BUT VERIFY.

I guess this is another way of saying the American people need to take back the reigns of THEIR government and THEIR country. In a sense, Congress is doing what the American people have done: abdicated their ownership in managing a limited and accountable government.

7 posted on 03/05/2014 9:48:31 AM PST by PapaNew
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To: Paine in the Neck

It is amazing though how Strauss himself seems to stay in office. That district is pretty conservative but somehow he seems to convince the voters there to put him back in.


8 posted on 03/05/2014 9:48:52 AM PST by ctpsb (Thanks.)
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To: cotton1706
Too bad about Cornhole.
9 posted on 03/05/2014 10:24:56 AM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (If Barack Hussein Obama entertains a thought that he does not verbalize, is it still a lie?)
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To: cotton1706

Why has no one mentioned Konni Burton, a Constitutional Conservative, who captured 44% of the vote in Senate District 10. There will be a run-off against Mark Shelton who took a distant 34%.
Konni will be successful on May 27. She has been endorsed by Ted Cruz.


10 posted on 03/05/2014 10:38:44 AM PST by Mountain Mary ("Where Liberty Dwells, There Is My Country". Ben Franklin)
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To: ctpsb

took years in my district to get rid of Chet Edwards. He said one thing here but when he got to DC, he carried Pelosi’s purse. Some candidates can play their folks like a fiddle when they need to.


11 posted on 03/05/2014 10:58:17 AM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: cotton1706

Not a good night with Cornyn winning.


12 posted on 03/05/2014 11:25:10 AM PST by bgill
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To: bgill

The recently-exonerated Tom DeLay should have primaried Cornyn.


13 posted on 03/05/2014 12:48:23 PM PST by bassmaner (Hey commies: I am a white male, and I am guilty of NOTHING! Sell your 'white guilt' elsewhere.)
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