COMMENTARY | There are a number of takeaways to consider from the results of the 2014 Texas Primaries. Quite a few races have already been decided for the fall, but there were at least two interesting runoffs that resulted as well.
For Texas governor, not surprisingly, Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, was nominated as was State Sen. Wendy Davis, a Democrat. Even though Davis is well funded and has some national recognition, thanks to her pro abortion filibuster, Abbott is heavily favored to win.
David Dewhurst, the current lt. governor, is in some trouble, having found himself in a runoff with the fiery conservative state senator, Dan Patrick. Dewhurst seems to have been wounded by his unsuccessful race for the United States Senate against Ted Cruz. Patrick actually tallied more votes than Dewhurst, despite a decidedly negative campaign waged against him in the closing weeks of the campaign. Dewhurst’s political career is now in doubt.
On the other hand Sen. John Cornyn easily beat Rep. Steve Stockman, who ran a decidedly lack luster campaign after quixotically giving up a safe seat in Congress. On the Democratic side, businessman Dan Alameel will face Kesha Rogers, a Lyndon LaRouche acolyte who favors impeaching Obama, repealing Obamacare, and exploring the moon and Mars. If nothing else, this runoff will have some entertainment value as state Democrats scramble to make sure that Rogers does not embarrass them by winning.
The primary featured the victory of one George P. Bush in the race for Texas Land Commissioner. It is a small but important state wide office and is considered the first step in a modern day cursus honorum that could lead just about anywhere. Bush the Youngest is heavily favored to win in the fall.
As National Review notes, Katrina Pearson, who received a number of endorsements from tea party politicians, including Sarah Palin, lost handily to Rep. Pete Sessions, an establishment politicians, albeit one with impeccable conservative credentials.
The upshot is that going into the fall, it looks like Republican dominance of Texas will continue with the GOP heavily favored to hold on to all statewide offices.