2014-05-27T064101Z_1_LYNXMPEA4Q04P_RTROPTP_2_OBAMA-DINNER

Tea Party appears poised for big victories in Texas run-offs

Senator Ted Cruz walks during the White House Correspondents' Association DinnerBy Marice Richter DALLAS TX (Reuters) – Texas conservatives are hoping to win two major Republican run-off elections on Tuesday, for lieutenant governor and attorney general, underscoring the Tea Party’s enduring influence in the state. Those two races were left undecided after no single candidate crossed the 50 percent threshold in the March 4 Republican primary, setting the stage for what has been a bruising run-off election between establishment candidates and conservative challengers who have the backing of both the Tea Party movement and its Texas star, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. In the race for Lieutenant Governor, Tea Party favorite State Senator Dan Patrick took 41.5 percent of the vote in the four-candidate March primary, and is favored to win on Tuesday. The three-term incumbent, David Dewhurst, finished with 28 percent.

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