Fellow Grassroots Texans:
If you were paying attention, you know that Election Day was huge for Texas tea partiers, as tea party-backed incumbents soundly defeated challengers and many establishment incumbents went down or are facing tough runoffs against tea party-backed challengers.
Here’s a collection of news stories:
Houston state Sen. Dan Patrick, Tea Party favorite, author of anti-abortion legislation, advocate for school choice, seal-the-border campaigner and self-proclaimed Christian leader, didn’t just beat incumbent David Dewhurst and two other state officeholders in Tuesday’s Republican primary race for lieutenant governor. He walloped them.
Analysts say despite persistent attacks against it, the Tea Party here in Texas flexed its political muscle in the state primary Tuesday.
While Tea Party candidates didn’t win every race, they did send a strong message to moderate Republicans and their willingness to fight against President Obama’s policies.
Ken Emanuelson, a Dallas Tea Party member said, “I’m ecstatic. Based on last night’s election, I’d say the Tea Party’s never been stronger.”
AUSTIN, Texas—The tea party showed it remains a potent force in this state, scoring an upset victory in one key race in Tuesday’s primary, even as several prominent Texas Republicans fended off antiestablishment challengers.
Up and down the ballot, Tea Party conservatives in the Lone Star State had a strong showing in Tuesday’s Republican Primary and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz proved that his support means life or death in the GOP.
Not a single Tea Party-favored incumbent being challenged by the Republican establishment lost in Tuesday’s election. Meanwhile, one liberal Republican senator and three incumbent House members fell to tea party-backed challenges.
Results from Tuesday’s Texas Republican primary elections show the Tea Party’s influence is growing in the state…
Many establishment candidates are either out or will be in a tough Texas Tea Party run-off election, and the GOP standards seem to be moving further right.
“The takeaway is that the establishment needs to really, really be afraid,” said Dallas Tea Party leader Ken Emanuelson — afraid of the tea that Republican primary voters drank.
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