There were no surprises in the Texas primary races to replace Rick Perry as Texas Governor. The same cannot be said for some of the other top jobs in the state as the face of Texas politics faces its first major change in years.
“People embraced us because of our record and our policy positions,” Patrick told our television partner Local 2.
Patrick beat Dewhurst 42-28%, setting up another showdown in May.
“I’m going to work real hard to obtain your support, your trust and your vote,” Dewhurst said.
The May 27th runoff is one that analyst Chris Begala told KTRH Dewhurst will struggle to win.
“He was damaged when he lost to Ted Cruz in 2012. Clearly he is damaged goods now,” Begala said. “The only thing that can save him is if Cruz comes in and supports him.”
In the race to replace Perry both Abbott and Davis faced a challenge, but neither was really tested.
“Texas has been the top state for creating jobs. I will keep Texas on top,”
Abbott told supporters on Tuesday night.
Davis was little known a year ago at this time. But her stand against the controversial abortion bill passed in Austin last summer put her on the map.
“I am so proud to be your candidate for Governor,” Davis said in her victory speech last night.
Other state races are going to runoffs, just like the race for Lt. Governor. We'll also see a runoff for Attorney General between Ken Paxton and Dan Branch. Glen Hegar will be in a runoff for Comptroller against Harvey Hilderbran. And Kinky Friedman will match up against Jim Hogan in the runoff for Agriculture Commissioner.
There will be a new Chairman of the Harris County Republican Party, as Paul Simpson beat Jared Woodfill. Josh Flynn, the Harris County Republican Treasurer, told KTRH it was time for change.
“This should let everybody know we want to hear from our chairman. We want to be led,” Flynn told Matt Patrick.
Simpson spent a lot of money to defeat Woodfill, which shocked Lane Lewis, the Harris County Democratic party Chairman.
“Typically if they spend $20,000 on that race it would be surprising,” Lewis said.
In another local race Devon Anderson and Kim Ogg will go to the general election in November for Harris County D.A. Anderson took over the office last year following the death of her husband from cancer.
In other races, Senator John Cornyn easily beat Congressman Steve Stockman in the U.S. Senate race. Stockman's old seat in Congress will come down to a Republican runoff between Brian Babin and Ben Streusand. Elsewhere, Woodlands Congressman Kevin Brady easily won his primary. And George P. Bush was a big winner as he goes for the job of Land Commissioner.
“You won’t find a harder working individual,” Bush family advisor Jim McGrath told KTRH’s Matt Patrick. “He doesn’t have a big shot bone in his body.”
The winter weather we had in the Houston area did lead to lower than expected turnout, according to Stan Stanart, the Harris County Election Administrator.
“Turnout was impacted because of the cold and wet weather,” Stanart said. “But the polls opened at 7 and closed at 7. Some stayed open longer because we had lines of people looking to cast their vote.”
Yesterday’s election was also the first real test of Texas’ Voter ID law. No problems were reported.