Texas Primary: DeLay Wins Primary, Bell to Challenge Gov. Perry
The Fix is open late tonight to give you the latest results from the Texas primaries. As we wrote in a post earlier today, there were four races worth watching -- the Democratic gubernatorial primary and primaries in the state's 17th, 22nd and 28th congressional districts.
Here's quick summaries of the races.
*Texas gubernatorial primary: Former Rep. Chris Bell secured an easy primary victory over fellow former Rep. Bob Gammage, who got into the race in December and never raised a serious amount of money. Bell faces a daunting challenge in the fall against Gov. Rick Perry (R), who cruised to a primary win of his own today. The drama now shifts to the potential independent candidacies of state Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn and author and musician Kinky Friedman. Each needs to secure approximately 45,000 signatures from people who did not vote in today's primaries to qualify for the November ballot.
*Texas 17th: Iraq war veteran Van Taylor squeaked by former congressional staffer Tucker Anderson in a Republican primary fight that featured significant involvement by the state and national party. Perry and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Reynolds (N.Y.) were behind Taylor, while Rep. Pete Sessions, a candidate to succeed Reynolds at the NRCC after the 2006 election, worked actively on behalf of Anderson -- his former staffer. Taylor's lack of a voting record coupled with his personal wealth make him an appealing candidate to national Republicans. Rep. Chet Edwards (D) has proven resilient despite Republicans' repeated efforts to defeat him. The district stretches from the the southern suburbs of Dallas (Johnson County) to College Station (Brazos County) -- home of the Texas A&M Aggies. President Bush's ranch in Crawford is within the district lines and, he carried the district with 70 percent of the vote in 2004.
* Texas 22nd: Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay scored a victory in his fight for a 12th term Tuesday night, beating back three Republican challengers to win the primary without a runoff. DeLay had 64 percent of the vote compared to 26 percent for attorney Tom Campbell. Although less than 15 percent of precinct were reporting as of 11 p.m. eastern time, the Associated Press had called the contest for DeLay. DeLay moves on to a general election matchup against former Rep. Nick Lampson, who was not opposed for the Democratic nomination. Former Republican Rep. Steve Stockman is planning to run as an independent, which could complicate things for DeLay in the general election this fall. DeLay quickly pivoted off the primary victory to attack Lampson as the candidate of "Liberal activists like Barbra Streisand, George Soros, and Nancy Pelosi."
* Texas 28th: Rep. Henry Cuellar cruised to an easier-than-expected 53 percent to 41 percent victory over former Rep. Ciro Rodriguez on Tuesday in their Democratic primary rematch. Victor Morales received 6 percent of the vote. Although Rodriguez led early in the night thanks to a nearly 8,000-vote margin in his home base of Bexar County (San Antonio), Cuellar used his own base in Webb County (Laredo), where he won by 11,000 votes, to claim the victory. The primary had drawn national attention because of Democratic allegations that Cuellar is too cozy with Republicans. The liberal blogosphere helped propel Rodriguez's candidacy financially, but it was not enough to overcome Cuellar. Cuellar will be reelected in the fall; no Republican even filed for this strongly Democratic south Texas seat.
March 7, 2006; 11:32 PM ET
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