Inside Texas Politics (3/9)

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on March 9, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 11 at 3:53 PM

New faces are now preparing for public office after voters sent the incumbents home.

Right now, the lieutenant governor is fighting for his political life as he prepares for a run-off in May. David Dewhurst came in a distant second to State Senator Dan Patrick. Dewhurst got 28 percent of the vote, Patrick got 41.

We invited the lieutenant governor to join us, but is campaign did not respond. But Patrick did, and he joined Inside Texas Politics from Houston Sunday.

Hours after becoming the Republican nominee for governor and front-runner in the race, we talked one-on-one with Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott. We were the only station in North Texas to do so.

Jimmy Fallon jokes about President Obama's budget.

Austin is abuzz about the primary results. Ross Ramsey, co-founder and executive editor of the Texas Tribune, joined ITP Sunday to talk about David Dewhurst's problems, Leticia van de Putte, and low voter turnout for the Democrats.

Flashpoint focuses on the aftermath of the primary, the tea party's influence, and Wendy Davis' performance in the Rio Grande Valley. Joining us from the right is Mark Davis with 660 AM The Answer, and from the left is author and producer Katie Sherrod.

Bud Kennedy and Ross Ramsey help us put the headlines in perspective in this week's reporters' roundtable. Bud and Ross discuss Wendy Davis' political strategy, the tea party influence, and the chances of Gov. Rick Perry making another run for national office.

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