Statewide Races Offer Some Surprises, Runoffs

*Correction appended

The down-ballot statewide races on both the Republican and Democratic sides yielded a number of runoffs and some surprises on Tuesday night.

In the highest-profile of those races, state Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, had a strong showing in the three-way primary to be the Republican nominee for attorney general, though not strong enough to win outright. He will face state Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, in the May runoff.

Barry Smitherman, the chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, came in third. In a statement, he congratulated Paxton and Branch on running “clever campaigns.”

In a statement, Paxton noted that ...

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