Analysis: Dewhurst in a Familiar and Uncomfortable Spot

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is at the bottom of a deep political hole, and he has 12 weeks to find a way out.

The Republican incumbent finished second in his re-election bid Tuesday. That earned him a spot in a runoff with state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, but Patrick emerged with momentum that engendered a sense of déjà vu among Texans who watched him lose a U.S. Senate runoff to Ted Cruz in 2012.

Patrick beat Dewhurst soundly in the primary, winning 41.5 percent statewide to the incumbent’s 28.3 percent in unofficial returns. Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples ...

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