Primary Race for Attorney General Slowly Taking Shape

Speaking at a mid-November fundraiser at her Dallas antiques and home furnishings store, Lisa Luby Ryan, an eloquent Republican activist, struggled to find the right word to introduce her guest of honor.

“I so hesitate and cringe every time I use the word ‘conservative,’” because its meaning had been watered down by moderates, she said. Turning to Ken Paxton, poised to make his pitch, and raise money, for his bid to be the state’s next attorney general, Ryan said, “Please don’t say you’re the most conservative tonight.”

Paxton, a state senator from McKinney, avoided that phrase, but ...

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