Texas Primaries: Wins for Wendy, Kinky, a New George Bush

Tea Party largely sent home in 2014's 1st vote

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 5, 2014 3:08 AM CST

(Newser) – Election season has kicked off with the nation's first statewide primary, in which 26 GOP candidates jostled for the nominations for six of Texas' top jobs—and another George Bush was among the winners. Some highlights from the Texas primaries:

  • Sen. John Cornyn and several House Republicans were able to fight off Tea Party challengers inspired by Ted Cruz, the state's junior senator. Some observers saw the incumbents' victories as a sign that the Tea Party movement is fading, while others noted that the incumbents had shifted a long way to the right to win conservative votes, the New York Times finds.

  • There were no surprises in the primaries for governor, reports the AP. Rising star Wendy Davis cruised to victory in the Democratic primary, while front-runner Greg Abbott, the state's attorney general, was the Republican choice to succeed Rick Perry.
  • The political career of another George Bush was launched with George P. Bush's victory in the primary for state land commissioner, reports the Washington Post, noting that the post is a powerful one in Texas and could be a "good launching board for Bush to pursue higher office down the road." The 37-year-old attorney, son of Jeb and nephew of George W., is expected to easily defeat his Democratic opponent.
  • Another famous name, this time on the Democratic side: Country singer, humorist, and perennial candidate Kinky Friedman got enough votes to make a run-off election in the Democratic primary for agriculture commissioner, Politico reports. His top priority: Legalizing marijuana.

George P. Bush makes a campaign stop in El Paso, Texas earlier this week.   (AP Photo/ Juan Carlos Llorca)
Greg Abbott talks to supporters after winning the primary election, making him the Republican candidate for the general election.   (AP Photo/Daily Texan, Shelby Tauber)
Texas Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, thanks supporters at her campaign headquarters last night.   (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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