Polling Center: Dewhurst's Fortunes Track Party Changes

The news that Texans for Lawsuit Reform had changed its endorsement from David Dewhurst to Dan Patrick in the Republican primary race for lieutenant governor conveyed another setback for Dewhurst, the incumbent, and more importantly, another indication of the shifting identity and internal politics of the Texas GOP.

Dewhurst’s predicament — abandoned first by most Republican primary voters and then by one of the bellwethers of the Texas big business establishment — reveals how the Republican Party has changed since he first became lieutenant governor in 2003.

Dewhurst was the perfect combination of the elements that went into the standard Texas ...

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