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Tom Leppert

BJ Austin / KERA

Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert’s run for U.S. Senate ended an hour and a half after the polls closed as he arrived at his campaign watch party.

Which Republican candidate running for U.S. Senate can be the alternative to perceived front-runner David Dewhurst? Dewhurst’s three main challengers all see themselves in that role as they vie for second place and an opportunity to face Dewhurst in a run-off race. KERA’s Shelley Kofler has more on how candidates tried to position themselves during last Friday’s televised debate.

The four leading Texas Republicans hoping to be the party's U.S. Senate nominee faced off in their first televised debate Friday, and most of the attacks focused on perceived front-runner Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and who is the most conservative candidate.

Tom Leppert

Age: 57
Birthplace: New York City
Residence: Dallas

Professional/Political Experience: Claremont McKenna College in California; Harvard Business School; White House Fellow;U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors;CEO, The Turner Corporation general building company; Dallas Mayor, 2007-2011