Analysis: Voters Tilt the Senate to the Right

The 2014 elections are not over yet, but one thing is apparent: Not only will a new lieutenant governor preside over the Texas Senate, but the Senate will be markedly more conservative.

The Republican primaries made that clear.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who might be the perfect example of what can go wrong for a well-established and well-financed incumbent, will not be the lieutenant governor for the 2015 legislative session. He lost Tuesday’s runoff in his re-election bid, just as he lost the 2012 Republican runoff for U.S. Senate.

Not so long ago, people were speculating that Dewhurst ...

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