Dewhurst Swings Hard at Patrick During Debate

The first televised debate in the increasingly bitter Republican runoff for Texas lieutenant governor featured testy exchanges on Friday between incumbent David Dewhurst and challenger Dan Patrick, who frequently attacked each other personally while sparring over topics like immigration policy and last summer’s anti-abortion legislation.

Dewhurst, at one point calling a Patrick statement about the budget a “baldfaced lie," used the opportunity to continue attacks from his campaign ads, painting Patrick as dishonest and slamming him for a personal bankruptcy.

"This man is divorced from reality,” Dewhurst said, adding later, "Dan has a reputation in the ...

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