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Texas takes a hard turn to the right in runoff elections; Kinky loses again

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Dan Patrick won the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor.
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Perennial candidate Kinky Friedman lost again.

Texas took a hard right in the runoff elections Tuesday, with Tea Party candidates winning some key races. And perennial candidate Kinky Friedman lost again.

In the biggest state race, Houston radio talk show host Dan Patrick won the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor, unseating three-term incumbent David Dewhurst. Patrick thanked the Tea Party during his victory speech. "If you love America, the Constitution, Texas, free markets, the Second Amendment and the liberty that comes from God, welcome to the grassroots of the Republican party," he said.

 "If you love America, the Constitution, Texas, free markets, the Second Amendment and the liberty that comes from God, welcome to the grassroots of the Republican party," Patrick said. 

Patrick will face off in November against Leticia Van de Putte, the Democratic lieutenant governor nominee.

State senator Ken Paxton won the nomination for Texas attorney general, defeating the more moderate state representative Dan Branch in what was a nasty contest, with Paxton drawing support from religious conservatives and tea party Republicans. In a speech, Paxton flogged the federal government and Obamacare, and vowed to fight for gun and religious rights.

​In the most notable U.S. House race, Congressman Ralph Hall was defeated after 18 terms in office. At 91, Hall, a veteran of World War II, was America's oldest Congress member and a supporter of Obamacare. He was defeated by John Ratcliffe, a former U.S. attorney who spent more than half a million dollars of his own money by raising questions about whether Hall was too old.

Ratcliffe, who takes office in November because there is no Democrat nominee, called President Barack Obama and his "liberal allies" in Washington "our real nemesis."

In the race for Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator, David Alameel of Dallas overwhelmingly defeated Kesha Rogers, described as a "Lyndon LaRouche Democrat" who called for the impeachment of President Obama. Alameel, who made a fortune on a chain of dental clinics, spent nearly $5 million on the race, most of it his own money.

He'll face Republican Sen. John Cornyn, who is favored to win his third term in November.

Kinky Friedman, who has run for office in Texas a number of times, lost his bid for Texas agricultural commissioner, with Jim Hogan easily winning the Democratic nomination. Friedman, who made his candidacy into a referendum on the legalization of marijuana, was viewed as a spoiler. Hogan, a Cleburne-area cattle rancher and insurance salesman, spent little on his campaign against Friedman; he'll now run against Republican Sid Miller.

For other elections in Texas, the Texas Tribune has the results to all of the races across the state.

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