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Texas candidate shows tea party's strength in the state
Texas candidate shows tea party's strength in the state

Dan Patrick is a political dirt-digger's dream, a candidate with a history of incendiary comments, a bankruptcy and two hospitalizations for mental health issues, one after an attempted suicide. He is also poised to become lieutenant governor of Texas and thus one of the most powerful and important politicians in the country's second most-populous state. The tea party movement may be flagging elsewhere in the country. But here in Texas it's going strong, shoving establishment Republicans out the door and promising to push this already deeply conservative state even further right. Texas is no longer the bastion of country-club Republicanism that twice elected George W....

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