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Shortly before the primaries in March, voters in Amarillo, Odessa and Midland received a two-and-a-half page letter in the mail from Tim Dunn, a wealthy oil and gas developer who is generally averse to such publicity.
“Dear fellow West Texan,” Dunn began, before urging them not to cast ballots for incumbent state Sen. Kel Seliger, an Amarillo Republican who Dunn believed was not conservative enough.
“In every possible way, West Texas defines who I am as a conservative,” Dunn wrote. “And I am saddened to see ...