The much-anticipated Republican primary fight for governor in Texas ended not with a bang, but a whimper. As the polls predicted for quite some time, Gov. Rick Perry clobbered Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison 51 percent to 30 percent, avoiding a runoff. Perry was much more attuned to conservative attitudes in the state; Hutchison never articulated a compelling rationale for her candidacy.
A third candidate, Tea Party activist Debra Medina, garnered a respectable 19 percent of the vote. But polls once showed her on track to help force Perry into a runoff, perhaps even overtaking Hutchison for second place. Medina missed an opportunity to have a bigger impact on the race because she foolishly tried to play to the 9/11 truthers during an interview with Glenn Beck, a move I discussed in a recent column on the future of Ron Paul Republicanism.
UPDATE: Ron Paul himself demolished three primary opponents and won 81 percent of the vote.
UPDATE II: I don’t know why I kept calling KBH “Hutchinson.” Brain freeze.
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