Despite mounting pressure to throw in the towel, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst skipped a Wednesday deadline to take his name off the May 27 primary runoff ballot, instead committing himself to an expensive come-from-behind battle against challenger Dan Patrick for the next 12 weeks.
The 11-year-incumbent trailed Patrick, a Houston senator and radio talk show host, by 13 points in last week’s GOP election in a four-way race that included Agriculture Commission Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.
“He is in it to win it,” Dewhurst spokesman Travis Considine said. “He is going to do what he does best – crisscrossing the state, talking to voters. A lot of money will be spent on TV.”
Tuesday, Patterson also told the Tribune he believed Dewhurst could win if voters learn more about Patrick. “The key is to define Dan Patrick for what he is,” Patterson said. “I suspect they (voters) are going to get to know him better.”
By the lack of news indicating otherwise, it appears Dan Branch has remained in the runoff for Attorney General as well. As I suggested before, the key for Dewhurst is that Patrick is a giant wanker and there’s plenty of material to use against him. I’d hammer on the fact that being such a choad makes Patrick less likely to win in November than Dewhurst would be. (I’d also advise him to never, ever reference Rick Astley in his messaging, even ironically.) I freely admit that I’m as unbiased a source for this kind of analysis as Mark Jones and Matt Mackowiak, so by all means take what I saw with however much salt you feel is needed. As long as Dewhurst is relentlessly attacking Patrick on TV – his consultant said that will begin sooner rather than later – it’s all good by me. Campos has more.