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 ...