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Tuesday was another big night for the tea party in Texas as conservative candidates did well in various GOP runoffs. Catch up on what happened with the KERA Election Blog. Stay tuned for election coverage on KERA 90.1 FM -- we will offer reports throughout Wednesday. 

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Here's a look at election results from Tuesday's runoff. Winners are noted with asterisks:

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John Ratcliffe declared victory Tuesday night after defeating longtime incumbent Ralph Hall, America’s oldest Congress member.

The district runs from Rockwall County to East Texas and along the Red River. Hall is well-known and admired by many, but Ratcliffe's supporters say Hall has spent enough time in Congress and that it's time for new leadership.

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It was going to be one North Texan or the other. State Sen. Ken Paxton of McKinney beat longtime Dallas State Rep. Dan Branch in a landslide in the Republican attorney general runoff.

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Tea Party organizer Konni Burton of Colleyville didn't wait for her opponent Mark Shelton to concede Tuesday’s Senate District 10 runoff race. Hours before the election was called for Burton, she gave her victory speech to some 150 supporters at the Fort Worth Stockyards. 

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Texas holds primary runoff elections Tuesday, and the Republican race for attorney general pits two North Texans against each other.  State Rep. Dan Branch of Dallas says only he has the legal experience to do the job. And he argues that his opponent, State Sen. Ken Paxton of McKinney, doesn’t deserve to be the state’s top lawyer because he’s admitted violating financial reporting requirements.

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Rockwall’s Ralph Hall is, at 91, the oldest member ever of the U.S. House. He faces the toughest challenge of his 34-year congressional career Tuesday against former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe. Hall says he’s running on his record of experience and success.

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Republican Pat Hardy of Fort Worth is fighting to keep her seat on the State Board of Education after 11 years representing parts of Tarrant, Parker and Dallas counties.

She faces tea party-backed challenger Eric Mahroum from Bedford in the May 27 runoff.  He claims Hardy has sided too often with moderate members of the board.

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The entire state will be watching Tuesday night as Republicans in Tarrant County decide which runoff candidate will continue and compete in the fall for Wendy Davis’ state senate seat.

The Senate District 10 runoff pits tea party candidate Konni Burton against former state representative Mark Shelton.

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Lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick believes he’s the conservative who can break up the Texas Senate’s clubby, Republican establishment.

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As the raucous Republican race for lieutenant governor draws to a close, KERA invited both David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick to sit down and talk about their records and vision. Dewhurst accepted; Patrick did not. This is the first of two profiles of the candidates, plus the video conversation with Dewhurst.

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The runoff elections are coming up May 27 and early voting is underway. Before you head to the voting booth, get up to speed on the various races by listening to our KERA News Election Special.

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The general election is still six months away, but the candidates for Texas governor are already tussling about debates. Republican Greg Abbott got it started Monday by saying he would accept two debates – one in McAllen and one in Dallas. On Tuesday, Democrat Wendy Davis, speaking in North Texas, said she wants six debates, including one in the Rio Grande Valley.

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Nationally, many Tea Party-backed candidates have been losing primary elections. But in Texas, Tea Party candidates are doing well. One big Tea Party organization has joined with other conservative groups. Their goal: becoming the dominant voice in Texas Republican politics. They recently urged North Texas voters to “retire” more sitting Republicans during the May 27 runoff election.      

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Update: On Friday night, Jerry Patterson, an ally of Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, released new court documents that suggest Dan Patrick -- Dewhurst’s GOP opponent -- was treated for attempted suicide and more serious psychiatric conditions in the 1980s than Patrick had acknowledged.

Monday is the first day of early voting for the May 27 Democratic and Republican primary runoff elections.

The Republican race for Agriculture Commissioner is between two former state legislators, Stephenville's Sid Miller and Longview's Tommy Merritt. And unlike the other GOP primaries, this one hasn't only focused on who's the most conservative – for the most part.

That's because for Miller, this race is about conservative credentials. And he'll quickly let you know that he's got empirical data on his side.

"You know Rice University took all the votes … and ranked the legislators from one to 50 on how conservative they were. And I was ranked No. 2 and my opponent was ranked the most liberal of the Republicans," Miller says.

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As Democrats cling to hopes that a Dallas-area district will flip to their column, House District 105 candidates Susan Motley and Terry Meza are headed for a runoff election May 27 that will decide which of them will take on a former Republican lawmaker in November's general election.

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Voters on Saturday overwhelmingly approved major city and school bond packages and re-elected some familiar faces in North Texas municipal elections. Here are some key races:

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We’re two and a half weeks away from the May 27 statewide runoff, but there’s also an election Saturday. Dozens of local municipalities will be voting on mayors and city councils, taxes, school boards and bonds. In this week’s Friday Conversation, KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter talks with our political reporter, Shelley Kofler, about Saturday’s top races.

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On primary night two months ago, Ken Paxton had an 11-point edge over Dan Branch in the Republican race for attorney general. Since then, Paxton has been fined for breaking a state securities law. With the May 27 runoff looming, both candidates are vying for the state’s top legal office. In an interview with KERA, Paxton defended his record.

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Pat Hardy, a 12-year incumbent on the State Board of Education, is facing a tough challenge from a conservative activist in a Republican primary runoff that could shift the balance of power on the board. 

Tea Party groups in the district, which includes Parker County and parts of Tarrant and Dallas counties, have thrown their support behind Hardy's opponent, Eric Mahroum of Fort Worth.

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The gloves came off Wednesday during a lieutenant governor's debate in Dallas.

The ad wars in the race became the focus of the last scheduled media debate between incumbent David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick, the state senator from Houston.  One of them will become the GOP nominee on May 27. 

After finishing second in the Republican primary, Dewhurst has spent millions on TV attack ads questioning Patrick’s 1980s bankruptcy -- and his character.

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Just when you thought you've seen it all in the Republican lieutenant governor runoff.

The ongoing battle between David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick took a creative twist Wednesday -- and it's all inspired by Frozen, the hit Disney movie that features the hot song "Let It Go" and the Norwegian princess with icy powers.

First, the Dewhurst campaign posted a YouTube video that features Patrick lip-synching to a version of “Let It Go." Then Patrick unveiled a post on its DewFeed page, a site that resembles BuzzFeed, complete with animated Frozen GIFs.

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KERA has invited both Republican candidates for lieutenant governor to our studios to discuss their qualifications for the job and their visions for the state.

David Dewhurst, the incumbent, sat down with KERA on Tuesday, on the eve of the last scheduled media debate before his May 27 runoff election with Dan Patrick, the state senator from Houston.

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Because of a satellite problem, the KERA-TV feed of Friday night's Republican lieutenant governor debate switched to Spanish midway through the debate.

You can see the full English-language version of the debate between David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick below -- it will also re-air Friday at 9 p.m. on KERA-TV (Channel 13).

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Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst got some good news this weekend in his uphill battle to hold onto his job. A former foe, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, told KERA he will be endorsing Dewhurst. The news comes two days after Dewhurst, the incumbent, and Dan Patrick, the frontrunner, debated in Houston.

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In today's All Things Considered local block from the KERA Newsroom: We’ve heard from parents, educators, and elected officials on the controversial home-rule plan to remake Dallas schools, but what do students think? Bill Zeeble talks to some students about the changes they want to see. And All Things Considered host Justin Martin talks with Texas Tribune executive editor Ross Ramsey about tonight’s lieutenant governor run-off debate.

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A Republican running for Wendy Davis’ state senate seat wants to consider changes to the $2 billion fund that lawmakers created to finance water projects. Voters approved the fund when they adopted Proposition 6 last fall.

Republican lieutenant governor candidates, waging their election battle, have used video clips without permission from a debate at KERA and made questionable claims. PolitiFact Texas at the Austin American-Statesman is setting the record straight.

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Editor’s note, April 25: KERA has received numerous queries about whether the station played any role in a commercial released last week by the campaign of Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Texans have asked whether we gave permission for the campaign to use images of our reporter asking a question during KERA’s Jan. 27 debate. They’ve asked whether our reporter agreed to appear in the Dewhurst ad. The answer to both is an emphatic “No.” The campaign did not ask KERA for permission to use the footage, and when the ad was released on April 16, KERA immediately objected. The Dewhurst campaign responded by saying it would not pull the ad. We've posted the full debate question, answer and follow-ups to provide context for the brief clip that’s seen in the ad. You can see them, and the full debate, below.

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