Analysis: Primary Totals a Reminder of a Past Vote

One early sign that Ann Richards was in trouble in her 1994 re-election bid came in that year’s primary. Gary Espinosa, a political cipher, received 22.2 percent of the Democratic primary vote against the sitting governor.

It may be a meaningless echo, but Ray Madrigal, who did little more in his bid for the Democratic nomination than pay his filing fee, pulled 20.9 percent of the vote against Wendy Davis, who won last Tuesday’s Texas Democratic primary.

Last week at a forum hosted by The Texas Tribune, Davis said she was not worried by Madrigal’s numbers. “I am ...

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