Runoff Sees Victories for Faith, Family & Freedom
Tuesday’s Republican Runoff Election was a strong showing for pro-family conservatives across the state, with many of our endorsed candidates winning big victories.
In three important statewide races, Texas Values Action endorsed candidates came out on top. In a historic victory, Dan Patrick handily defeated incumbent David Dewhurst in the lieutenant governor race, 65% to 35%. In the important race for attorney general, Ken Paxton easily defeated moderate Dan Branch, 64% to 36%. And Sid Miller defeated Tommy Merritt in the agriculture commissioner race.
The races for Lt. Governor and Attorney General are huge victories that will have a large impact in keeping Texas moving forward in the right direction. Both Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton have proven track records of being pro-faith, pro-family, and pro-life champions in Texas, and voters rewarded them accordingly.
With strong conservative leadership by Dan Patrick in the Senate, we can expect to see a Texas Senate that can be counted on to lead. And with challenges from the Obama Administration attacking Texas on marriage, religious liberty, and many other issues, Ken Paxton can be counted on to fight back and stand up for the right of Texas to govern itself.
The runoff election also saw another important victory that will shake up the Texas Senate in the right direction. Grassroots challenger and Texas Values Action endorsed Bob Hall defeated incumbent Bob Deuell in a tight race in Senate District 2. Deuell had been ranked as one of the most liberal Republican members of the Texas Senate the last two legislative sessions.
In the other runoff senate race to replace the seat of Wendy Davis (who is running for governor), Konni Burton easily defeated her moderate opponent. This will give Republicans a strong chance to pick up this seat up come November.
Finally, in a closely watched Texas House race to replace Van Tayor, who is running for the senate, Texas Values Action endorsed Matt Shaheen won an important victory in HD 66.
Between the March primary and Tuesday’s primary runoff, there is no doubt that pro-family conservative voters and the tea party have sent a strong message in race after race across Texas.
With many strong conservatives winning important primary races and several moderate incumbents getting knocked off, it is clear that Texas voters expect our leaders to boldly stand for faith, family, and freedom.
It is our job to continue this momentum as we build toward the November 4th General Election.
View the full results for both the Republican and Democrat primary runoff election here.