A long, long road to Texas lieutenant governor

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Associated Press

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 10:04 AM

Updated Saturday, Feb 1 at 10:05 AM

SALADO, Texas (AP) — It's becoming a longer and longer road across Texas for four prominent Republicans running for lieutenant governor.

The March 4 primaries are still a month away. But Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and his three challengers have all or mostly appeared together at a whopping 26 debates and forums around the state.

Campaign aides say that's an unprecedented number in recent Texas elections. More are still in the pipeline for Dewhurst, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, state Sen. Dan Patrick and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.

The Central Texas Tea Party hosted one of the most recent debates this week. John Coleman, vice president of the group, says he knows the candidates are road-weary. But he' also knows grassroots groups like his have more influence after Ted Cruz's upset win in 2012.

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