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Tuesday, March 25, 2014


In the old days — before this year, that is — only 30 days or so separated Texas’ party primaries and the runoff elections in races where no candidate garnered a majority of the votes. That gave a decided advantage to the top vote getter in the primary. A change in state law has added almost two months to the runoff campaign. This year, the runoffs for the March 4 primaries fall on Tuesday, May 27. That changes the political calculus, giving the second-place finisher a lot more time to raise funds and contact voters. TEXPAC’s endorsed candidates from the primaries fall into both camps. Some, like State Sen. Bob Deuell, MD (R-Greenville), led in the March 4 results. With 48 percent of the vote, Senator Deuell almost won without a runoff. TEXPAC and local physicians will be working hard to protect and expand his lead. Other candidates — like Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and State Senate candidate Mark Shelton, MD — will be looking to make up ground. Your TEXPAC leaders also will be evaluating the candidates in runoffs for legislative races in which we made no endorsement in the primary. Be on the lookout for what you can do to help us elect more medicine- and patient-friendly candidates in this new marathon primary season.

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