Analysis: Dewhurst in a Familiar and Uncomfortable Spot

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is at the bottom of a deep political hole, and he has 12 weeks to find a way out.

The Republican incumbent finished second in his re-election bid Tuesday. That earned him a spot in a runoff with state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, but Patrick emerged with momentum that engendered a sense of déjà vu among Texans who watched him lose a U.S. Senate runoff to Ted Cruz in 2012.

Patrick beat Dewhurst soundly in the primary, winning 41.5 percent statewide to the incumbent’s 28.3 percent in unofficial returns. Agriculture Commissioner ...

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