U.S. Senator John Cornyn, the chamber’s No. 2 Republican, avoided a runoff as he thwarted a Tea Party challenger and won more than 50 percent of the vote in today’s Texas primary. …
With 2 percent of precincts reporting, Cornyn had 63 percent, according to the Associated Press tally. Running second, with 17 percent, was U.S. Representative Steve Stockman, a Tea Party favorite when he began his race against Cornyn in December. Six other candidates were splitting the rest of the vote. …
Five Democrats vied for their party’s nomination to face Cornyn in November. With 2 percent of precincts reporting, David Alameel led with 51 percent of the vote, followed by Kesha Rogers with 23 percent, according to the AP.
No Democrat has won a statewide race in Texas since 1994.
State Senator Wendy Davis will be among those Democrats trying to break that streak this year. Davis, 50, who earned national attention last year with her efforts to block a Texas law restricting abortions, won her party’s gubernatorial nomination against a sole opponent.
She will square off against Attorney General Greg Abbott, 56, who defeated three other candidates in the Republican gubernatorial primary. Republican Governor Rick Perry, 64, decided not to seek another term after more than 13 years in office.