A Candidate Experienced Enough to Drop Out

Tom Pauken lost the finance primary and, unlike some less experienced or self-aware candidates, realized it and got out of the 2014 race for the Republican nomination for governor.

Early on, he said he would need to raise at least $2 million and pull together a statewide organization to forge ahead. That’s a shoestring budget in a statewide race in Texas. For instance, it’s about the amount you need to run one week of television commercials at the required level of saturation.

Even that was out of reach, and Pauken — a veteran of campaigns for Congress and for attorney ...

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