Inside Texas Politics (6/1/14)

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by JASON WHITELY

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WFAA

Posted on June 1, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 1 at 5:05 PM

People predicted the win, many were surprised by the margin of Dan Patrick's primary runoff against incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the Republican nomination. Patrick tells us what to expect in November.

Democrats say State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte offers the party's best opportunity to take the lieutenant governor's office away from GOP control. She speaks to us from Houston.

While Democrats have high hopes for the statewide ticket of Van de Putte and Wendy Davis, both trail their Republican rivals in the polls. We talk with Texas Democratic Party chairman Gilberto Hinojosa about the November election.

One of the biggest problems facing Democrats is getting their supporters to vote on Election Day. On My Voice, My Opinion, author and producer Katie Sherrod says the decision to cast a ballot could have a long-term effect on Texas.

Every Sunday morning we go to Austin to get context from the Capitol with Ross Ramsey, the co-founder and executive editor of The Texas Tribune.

Republicans are glad the bitter runoff is over. Democrats are pleased, with the candidates they're running against. That's the focus of Flashpoint — from the right, Mark Davis with 660 AM The Answer, and from the left, former state representative Domingo Garcia.

On Reporters Roundtable, we consider why tea party influence is waning nationwide, but growing in Texas.

E-mail jwhitely@wfaa.com

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