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The Evening Brief: May 30, 2012

Your evening reading: Tuesday's biggest surprises; Straus says he's happy with the primary results; how Perry and Combs fared

Supporters arrive to the primary watch party of Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst - Houston, Tuesday May 29, 2012.

New in The Texas Tribune:

  • What Surprised Pundits and Pollsters on Primary Night: Primary night always provides some surprises, particularly when the election is later than usual. But some races caught even the best predictors off-guard. Here’s a look at the races where some pundits and pollsters got fooled.
  • Straus Happy With Results, Confident He'll Stay Speaker: "House Speaker Joe Straus said Wednesday that he was happy with the election results in spite of the fact that he 'lost a few friends,' and that he's confident he'll get another term as speaker, and verbally backhanded a third-party group he said helped fuel his opponent's campaign. 'I felt good about the results, all in all,' Straus told a group of reporters the day after the election."
  • Complete Election Results Scoreboard: Now that the ballots are counted, check out vote totals and election outcomes for candidates statewide with our complete primary election scoreboard. You can also use our brackets for an overview of who's headed to a runoff and who's soaring through to November.


  • Oops! Dewhurst can't remember amnesty boards he says Cruz served on (The Dallas Morning News): "David Dewhurst had only two things to remember, not three like Rick Perry in his infamous meltdown, but Dewhurst suffered his own 'Oops' moment on Wednesday when he couldn't remember either of the pro-amnesty boards that he says Cruz served on. Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham said on her talk show that she liked Dewhhurst's conservative credentials. But when Ingraham challenged his claim that GOP rival Ted Cruz supports amnesty, Dewhurst did not back down."
  • Rick Perry says he’ll be ‘first to sign up’ for unity tour with Romney (Houston Chronicle): "Rick Perry told Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity that his occasionally testy exchanges with Republican presidential nominee-to-be Mitt Romney are all forgiven, if not completely forgotten. 'It was a great contest. It was a great contest,' he said on Hannity’s Fox TV show last night. 'It was the type of competition that you want to see where ideas were put out there and some of the ideas that we laid out are still being talk about, whether it deals with the war on religion, whether it deals with the budget that we laid out.' The Texas governor said he hadn’t yet been asked but would be pleased to participate in a 'unity tour' with all of the former GOP candidates.

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