David Dewhurst, Ken Paxton, Dan Branch, Ryan Sitton, Wayne Christian: You can't be conservative enough in the Texas runoff.

You Can’t Be Conservative Enough in the Texas Runoff

You Can’t Be Conservative Enough in the Texas Runoff

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May 27 2014 2:53 PM

You Can’t Be Conservative Enough in the Texas Runoff

The prettiest girl at the party.

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Today, sadly, the endless-seeming runoff for Texas' primaries comes to an end. This was the election that gave us David Dewhurst's insane war against opponent Dan Patrick; that gave us a parade of Republicans claiming they and only they were faithful to Ted Cruz. The Republican runoffs (remember, Cruz won his 2012 race in a runoff) pit conservative voters against yet-more-conservative voters, and the result has been a gush of wonderful negative ads. Here's how Ken Paxton (one of the candidates whose ads featured Ted Cruz) is going out against establishment attorney general candidate Dan Branch:

Here's Branch's counterpunch:


And here, from the railroad commissioner race, is the latest in Cruz-washing. Is Ryan Sitton the real Cruz candidate?

No, no—the real Cruzophile is Wayne Christian!

The Democratic primary also ends today; the only race that gives the party any agita is the runoff for a Senate nomination, between David Alameel (ordinary Democrat) and Kesha Rogers (LaRouche cultist).

David Weigel is a reporter for the Washington Post.