The Brief: Patrick Pulls Out of Lite Guv Debate

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What was originally planned for today as the first head-to-head encounter of the Republican runoff race for lite guv will now be a solo appearance by David Dewhurst. His opponent, Dan Patrick, announced late Monday afternoon that he was withdrawing from the debate hosted by The C-Club in Houston.

The reason cited by Patrick was the fact that The C-Club had intended to close the debate to the press. "I appreciate the 'C' Club as an organization, and their members individually. I have had the pleasure of addressing this organization as their luncheon speaker in the past ...

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