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[Texas Moderate] Lt. Gov. Dewhurst Fights for Survival in GOP Race
Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | March 5, 2014 | Chris Tomlinson

Posted on 03/09/2014 4:08:36 PM PDT by JeepersFreepers

Dewhurst is fighting for his political legacy after presiding over the Texas Senate for 11 years. In that role, he has chosen committee leaders, controlled the legislative agenda and maintained the Texas Senate's clubby atmosphere that keeps the wheels of government turning.

But after his loss to Ted Cruz in the 2012 GOP primary race for the U.S. Senate, Dewhurst has tacked hard to the right. He has talked more about banning almost all abortions and even appointed Patrick to chair one of the Senate's most power committees, public education.

Patrick, meanwhile, focused on passing abortion restrictions and expanding the number of charter schools in Texas, while unsuccessfully pushing for tougher laws regarding illegal immigration.

Patrick scored big with 41 percent of the vote to the incumbent's 28 percent in a four-way race. Two other conservative candidates, both former lawmakers who serve as elected commissioners for major state agencies, shared 29 percent of the vote.

(Excerpt) Read more at star-telegram.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: dewhurst; gope; karlrove; primaryelection; rino; texas; toyorove
This is big! Seventy-two percent of Republicans voted for someone other than the moderate establishment incumbent in the primary. It is almost certain that conservative Patrick will win over Dewhurst in the runoff election. To win in the runoff, Patrick will need to get only 3 out of 10 votes that went to other candidates in the primary whereas Dewhurst will have to get 7 out of 10.
1 posted on 03/09/2014 4:08:36 PM PDT by JeepersFreepers
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To: Reddon; Ditter; Jane Long; DirtyHarryY2K; Clay Moore; Bigun; hadaclueonce; Brandybux; ...
Give Dewhurst the Boot in 2014 (((Ping List)))

To be added or removed from this list, freepmail me.
This is a low volume ping list at this time.

/johnny

2 posted on 03/09/2014 4:14:17 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JeepersFreepers
This is the most politically powerful office in the State of Texas. Dewhurst must go.

/johnny

3 posted on 03/09/2014 4:16:21 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Add me to the list please..... Thank yew !!


4 posted on 03/09/2014 4:28:21 PM PDT by Squantos ( Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet ...)
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To: JeepersFreepers

Some like to delude themselves that Texas is moving left. Its just not true by any measure. More and more conservatives are moving to the state. I’m perfectly happy with the idea of the Unite States of Texas and I’m sure a good number of other states would love to join in.


5 posted on 03/09/2014 4:32:37 PM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm
Republic of Texas. ;)

/johnny

6 posted on 03/09/2014 4:39:35 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JeepersFreepers

Runoffs rarely turn out well for incumbents.


7 posted on 03/09/2014 4:47:35 PM PDT by DoodleDawg
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To: DoodleDawg

Dewhurst is TOAST and he knows it!


8 posted on 03/09/2014 4:50:25 PM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: DoodleDawg

Runoffs rarely turn out well for incumbents.

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I agree in general they are relative low turnout but this one has a little different
make up in that five of the top statewide office holders are in runoffs (four of the
five aren’t incumbents}. So that may make for a slightly elevated turnout. But if
Patrick can get his voters to the polls he should win.

Statewide races include the following:
Lieutenant Governor
Attorney General
Comptroller of Public Accounts - Hegar got 49.99%
Commissioner of Agriculture
Railroad Commissioner


9 posted on 03/09/2014 4:59:21 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport

Harvey Hilderbran has withdrawn so there will not be a runof in the Comptroller’s race.

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/harvey-hilderbran-withdrawal-from-comptroller-runo/nd74y/


10 posted on 03/09/2014 5:33:11 PM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: Bigun

At that percentage he did the correct thing, imo.


11 posted on 03/09/2014 5:37:29 PM PDT by deport
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To: Bigun

Yeaaaaaaaa!


12 posted on 03/09/2014 5:41:56 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: deport

Absolutely!


13 posted on 03/09/2014 5:42:12 PM PDT by Bigun ("The most fearsome words in the English language are I'm from the government and I'm here to help!")
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To: JeepersFreepers
" To win in the runoff, Patrick will need to get only 3 out of 10 votes that went to other candidates in the primary whereas Dewhurst will have to get 7 out of 10."

Sadly that is not true. Folks that did not vote in the primary may vote in the run off so anything can happen. I thought you had to vote in the primary to vote in the runoff. That would be the smart way to hold a runoff. But I have been informed that the runoff is open to any Texas voter. Rats hate Patrick so I expect a lot of rat voters showing up May 27

14 posted on 03/09/2014 5:50:13 PM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Dewhurst slimy bass turd he is will get way down in the gutter now.

When the run off elections start, vote. Drive people to the polls and ask them to vote.

Buy people beer and drive them to the polls.

It is time we get serious. Primary votes count 10x the general election votes. Run off votes count 100x.


15 posted on 03/09/2014 6:03:30 PM PDT by hadaclueonce (Because Brawndo's got electrolytes. Because Ethanol has Big Corn Lobby)
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To: JeepersFreepers

how does the runoff work?...

same polling places,

or only 1 per county?


16 posted on 03/09/2014 6:08:04 PM PDT by RockyTx
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To: jpsb; JeepersFreepers
But I have been informed that the runoff is open to any Texas voter. Rats hate Patrick so I expect a lot of rat voters showing up May 27

Not precisely accurate. Dems who voted in the Dem primary can NOT vote in the Republican run off. If they didn't bother to vote in the Dem primary, they CAN vote in the Republican run off.

So the most motivated and/or easily bought Dems are off the table at this point. And I don't think Dewhurst would want to risk getting caught paying off the Black preachers.

17 posted on 03/09/2014 6:20:48 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: RockyTx

Should be multiple locations in larger counties.


18 posted on 03/09/2014 6:23:31 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: JRandomFreeper

He’z done. Patrick will be our new Lt. Gov.


19 posted on 03/09/2014 6:30:12 PM PDT by servantboy777
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To: jpsb

” Folks that did not vote in the primary may vote in the run off”

The voter turnout in a run-off is miniscule. Every vote counts x10. I would urge all Texas residents to vote for Dan Patrick


20 posted on 03/09/2014 7:13:33 PM PDT by DanZ
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To: Maelstorm
I’m sure a good number of other states would love to join in.

I would bet any amount of money that Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana would. There's not a chance that Florida would...too many Yankees. Neither do I think Georgia would, same problem, especially because of their numbers in Atlanta.

I, and other Southerners I have known have never thought of Florida as a Southern state, and now I have doubts about Georgia. Maybe there's no basis for the latter judgment but that's the way that state seems to be shaping up. Correct me if I'm wrong.

21 posted on 03/09/2014 7:31:10 PM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Looking good!


22 posted on 03/09/2014 9:14:36 PM PDT by fortheDeclaration (Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation:but sin is a reproach to any people)
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To: jpsb
But I have been informed that the runoff is open to any Texas voter. Rats hate Patrick so I expect a lot of rat voters showing up May 27

Runoff election are not open to any Texas voter. If you voted in the Republican primary you can vote in the Republican runoff election. If you voted in the Democrat primary, you can not vote in a Republican runoff. The reverse is true as well.

That has never changed in the State of Texas.
23 posted on 03/10/2014 7:07:32 AM PDT by TexanByBirth (Free Republic: where they may agree with the message, but they love to shoot the messenger!)
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To: TexanByBirth

Yes but if you are a registered Texas voter and DID NOT vote in the primary you can still vote in the runoff.


24 posted on 03/10/2014 7:19:44 AM PDT by jpsb (Believe nothing until it has been officially denied)
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To: JeepersFreepers

While I supported Jerry Patterson in the primary, I have no problem at all voting for Dan Patrick in the runoff election.


25 posted on 03/10/2014 9:16:17 AM PDT by tarawa
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To: deport

Hegar won by default, as Hilderbrand withdrew from a runoff.


26 posted on 03/10/2014 8:00:15 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: TexanByBirth

Only Rats who sat our March 4 can come forth to vote down Patrick.


27 posted on 03/10/2014 8:01:11 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: Theodore R.

Sorry someone had already posted about Hilberbrand’s exodus from the runoff. Hilderbrand is a lieutenant of Straus. Several Straus House allies were defeated for re-nomination, but not nearly enough to topple him as Speaker.


28 posted on 03/10/2014 8:04:23 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: deport

For me it’s Patrick, Paxton, Miller, and Christian in the runoff.


29 posted on 03/10/2014 8:05:16 PM PDT by Theodore R. (It was inevitable: Texans will always be for Cornball and George P.!)
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To: OldPossum

I agree with your analysis though I believe that if the movement got going we may be surprised what states might like to join. Its true it would mostly be southern states at first but once the fracturing begins we may see other subset countries form within the US form which is fine by me. I have no interest in forcing others into a union they detest.

Many people have a hunger for something different instead of fighting a battle that always ends with bigger government and less constitution. I think it is inevitable given the trend that we will lose it all or degenerate into a Civil War that makes the last one look tame. We have too many timid among us who are lulled asleep and while they can be woke up I have come to really doubt that they will remain so for very long unless a real crisis forces them to and if it takes that then the hope for peaceful resolution will most likely be gone.

I don’t think the union is worth 750,000 lives regardless of what the Lincoln worshipers think.


30 posted on 03/10/2014 9:33:56 PM PDT by Maelstorm
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To: Maelstorm

Thank you for that thoughtful and insightful response to my post.

While I wonder how long the sheep in this country will stay asleep while their liberties as Americans are slowly but inexorably destroyed, I have a bit of hope that they are not as brain-dead as they sometimes appear to be.

Given enough time, the “educators” in the U.S. will make it virtually impossible for any rebellion against the status quo to occur because the people will have lost all semblance of understanding what it used to be like being a free people rooted in the values that our Founders and ancestors bestowed upon us. That is my concern. The “Millenials” with their lack of understanding and indifference should worry us all.

As you say, a crisis will be necessary to wake them up to take action. To me, a good example of that crisis could appear as early as when the Gestapo in Connecticut start—and I believe they will—to try to round up firearms. If they do, all hell is sure to break loose and then we’ll see if the peoples’ will can express itself. If they meekly submit, I submit that the game is over and the Americans lack the will or even desire to be a free people again.

What a shame if that happens.


31 posted on 03/11/2014 4:18:04 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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