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Do open primaries really kill rightwing candidates?There’s a new way Democrats are “rigging” elections, according to some right-wing Texas Republicans: by voting in them. After Republican Jill Dutton won a special-election runoff for a North Texas state House seat against Brent Money on Tuesday night, Luke Macias, a GOP consultant, seemed incensed. Dutton, a former school board member, who had the backing of groups aligned with Texas House leadership, eked out a narrow 111-vote victory over Money, a lawyer backed by Governor Greg Abbott, Senator Ted Cruz, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Defend Texas Liberty, which is overwhelmingly financed by West Texas oil billionaires Tim Dunn and Farris Wilks. Macias claimed that Dutton won only because she was supported by the deep-red district’s few liberals. “Over 500 Democrats voted early in…

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