Texas State Sen. Ken Paxton of McKinney came out of the gates with a commanding lead in the Republican runoff for Texas attorney general on Tuesday, and he never looked back, handily vanquishing fellow Republican State Rep. Dan Branch of Dallas.
Acknowledging that he still needs to get through the general election in November, Paxton nonetheless wasted no time in outlining a conservative agenda that made him a darling with tea party voters.
He signaled his nomination was a clear message that Texans want to fight "oppression from the federal government" and that "they want Obamacare out of Texas... they want their Second Amendment right and their right to religious freedom protected."
Dan Branch said he had hoped to give voters more of an opportunity to contrast and compare the two Republican candidates.
"I had hoped to have the opportunity in a runoff to spend more time on a stage with my opponent talking about the issues that Texans care deeply about," he said. "Something happened along the way and we didn't get that opportunity."
Paxton will face off in November with a Democratic Houston attorney who has a very recognizable name: Sam Houston.