In Tea Party Wins, a Double-Edged Sword for Democrats

As the results of Republican primary runoffs began to roll in Tuesday evening, Texas Democrats realized they were getting exactly what they wanted — and exactly what they feared.

The victories of Dan Patrick over incumbent David Dewhurst for lieutenant governor and Ken Paxton over Dan Branch for attorney general were just the highest-profile examples of Republican runoff races in which the candidate widely viewed as further right prevailed.

The outcome means Democrats will have an easier time contrasting their ticket with the Republican option in November.

“You really can’t have a competitive election that voters pay attention to unless ...

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