A number of key races from the March primary are finally decided after runoffs Tuesday.
We will have a new Lieutenant Governor come 2015. Dan Patrick scores a landslide victory tonight over the incumbent, David Dewhurst. Dewhurst is ousted from the office he's held since 2003 and spent $5 million dollars of his own money to win again. Patrick moves on to November.
Dallas dental mogul and former major GOP donor David Alameel has beaten perennial candidate Kesha Rogers to win the Democratic U.S. Senate nomination.
He now faces Republican Sen. John Cornyn, strongly favored to win his third term in November.
Tea party favorite Ken Paxton has won the Republican nomination for Texas attorney general after a bruising runoff against fellow lawmaker Dan Branch.
Paxton is now the favorite to replace Attorney General Greg Abbott, who is running for governor. He will face Democrat Sam Houston in November.
A couple of races tonight to decide nominees for Agriculture Commissioner.
On the Democratic side, Cleburne insurance salesman Jim Hogan spent less than $5,000 on his campaign. He didn't even launch a web site, yet he earned the most votes in March's three-person primary, and again coasts to a win in the runoff tonight.
Famed writer, humorist and musician Kinky Friedman put up a pro-marijuana legalization platform, but arguably the second-most famous Democratic candidate in the state can't get to the general election.
On the Republican front, another Tea Partier, Sid Miller, topped his fellow former Texas House member Tommy Merritt back in March, but both made it to the runoff. The Ted Nugent-backed Miller again is victorious, so he heads to November now to face the surprise Democratic winner, Hogan.
There are three seats on the state's railroad commission. For Place 2, Republicans Wayne Christian and Ryan Sitton were the two survivors after a four-person primary. Sitton, who's from Friendswood, was 12 points back after the votes were counted in March. He scores a win over the former state representative, Christian.
Democrat Steve Brown awaits Sitton in November. Brown is the former chairman of the Democratic Party in Fort Bend County. The Railroad Commission's three members oversee the oil and gas industry, natural gas utilities and pipelines.
A few races closer to home. Two counties were set decide Republican nominees for county judge, and with no Democrats running, the winners tonight were all-but-assured of taking the job.
In Madison County, with Art Henson choosing not to run for re-election, it came down to Scott Singletary and Butch McDaniel. Singletary had the most votes in the primary, but McDaniel ends up with the most in the runoff. He takes the nomination, and likely the seat outright.
Alan Sadler has served as Montgomery County's judge for 24 years, but chose not to run for a seventh term. Craig Doyal wins by ten percentage points over Mark Bosma and will be the next judge.
Two Justices of the Peace races in Brazos County to let you know about. For Precinct 2 in a winner-take-all match-up, JP Tommy Munoz takes the win tonight over Sheriff's Deputy Robbie James. You may recall Precinct 2 had two JPs, but the county decided to consolidate those jobs. Vera Lara-Hooge was one JP, but did not make the runoff. Munoz was the other. Again, no Democrats are running, so Munoz takes the seat again.
For Justice of the Peace in Precinct 4 of Brazos County, Republican Louis Garcia Junior earned his party's nomination in March. Christina Butler picks up a ten-point victory over Manny Aguilar tonight, so it'll be Butler and Garcia come November.
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