AUSTIN — Three of the most compelling elections in the past decade in Texas are likely to be decided on July 31 by a relative handful of voters.
Having commanded arguably the most powerful political office in the state for nine years and pouring nearly $25 million into a campaign, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst finds himself knotted up to the end with Ted Cruz, a former state solicitor general who never has held elective office, in the GOP runoff for U.S. Senate.
In the Republican primary in the redrawn 25th District, former Secretary of State Roger Williams has raised nearly eight times as much money to stay ahead of Wes Riddle, Central Texas Tea Party founder whose tireless campaigning belies a maiden political candidacy.
And in the Democratic primary in the 23rd District, Pete Gallego, the longtime West Texas state representative with more money and endorsements, now finds himself running from behind to catch former U.S. Rep. Ciro Rodriguez.