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No Democrat has won a statewide race in Texas since 1994. That’s the hard reality facing this year’s electoral slate, which voters finalized in Tuesday’s primary runoff election. Gubernatorial candidate Beto O’Rourke and agriculture commissioner candidate Susan Hays won the March 1 primary outright by garnering at least 50 percent of the vote; in all the other races, the top two primary finishers advanced to the runoff. (Democratic railroad commissioner candidate Luke Warford ran unopposed.) In the Republican party, just two statewide races went to runoffs: attorney general and land commissioner. Four Democratic races went to runoffs—partly, no doubt, a reflection of the candidates’ low name recognition. In the key race for attorney general, civil rights attorney Rochelle Garza easily won the nomination over former Galveston…
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