Analysis: In Attorney General Race, a Familiar Story

If you have been watching Texas politics for a couple of decades, this will seem familiar. The Republican primary for Texas attorney general has gone to a runoff. The leader has daunting advantages over his challenger, who has the burden of appearing to be the less conservative of the two.

But what began as a contest over ideology is shifting to a contest about qualifications.

It happened in 1998, when Barry Williamson and John Cornyn went to a runoff that ended with a come-from-behind victory for Cornyn, who is now a U.S. senator. It appears to be happening again ...

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