Texas runoffs could be end for Lt. Gov. Dewhurst

By: From Staff & Wire Reports
By: From Staff & Wire Reports

AUSTIN - 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.

Locally, two new county judges will be elected in the Republican Runoff Elections in Grayson and Cooke counties. Former Sherman mayor Bill Magers faces current county treasurer Trent Bass in Grayson County, and Jason Brinkley and Byron Berry are on the GOP ballot to replace outgoing Cooke County Judge John Roane. No Democrats are running for either seat.

Three county races also advanced to a runoff in Lamar County. David Niblett and Larry W. Davis are on the GOP runoff ballot for Precinct 2 Commissioner, Gene Hobbs and Curtis Garrett square off for GOP Precinct 5 Justice of the Peace Place 2, and voters will decide between Republicans Jimmy Hodges and Gerry Don Hines for Precinct 5 Constable Unexpired Term.

On the federal level, longtime incumbent District 4 Congressman Ralph Hall faces former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe in the Republican Runoff Election. Hall first ran for office in 1950 and first won his congressional seat when Jimmy Carter was president.

But the 91-year-old is facing the toughest test of his very long political career in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff.

As the oldest-ever member of the U.S. House, Hall is trying to stave off a challenge from the right by a candidate barely half his age, former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe.

His district stretches from suburban Dallas east to borders with Louisiana and Oklahoma.

Ratcliffe, 48, has used modern analytics to target voters and has support from national tea party groups. He says Hall's too cozy with the GOP establishment.

Hall has relied on a more-traditional campaign. But he bristles at suggestions he's not conservative enough for today's GOP voter.

We'll have all your election results tonight on News 12 at Ten.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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