Analysis: Texas Tea Party Leader, Version 3.0

By title and longevity, Gov. Rick Perry is the top dog among Texas Republicans. He might even be a national candidate again. But for now, he is a lame duck.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz leapfrogged the state’s senior senator, John Cornyn, and is by most accounts — and by the clamor for his endorsement — the most popular Republican in the state. But he is not on the ballot.

The prominent Texas name at the moment is Dan Patrick, a Houston state senator relatively unknown outside his home base until the current primary elections. Now he has more momentum ...

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