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Harvey Hilderbran Withdraws from Texas Comptroller Race, Glenn Hegar is Republican Nominee

by: Joseph Vogas

Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 05:36 PM CST

With Rep. Hilderbran's (right) concession, Sen. Hegar (left) will be the Republican Nominee for Texas Comptroller
Breaking just after 5:00 p.m. on Friday evening, State Rep. Harvey Hilderbran announced he would withdraw from the runoff for Texas Comptroller. With Hilderbran's exit, State Senator Glenn Hegar has secured the Republican nomination for the statewide office.

In the election, Sen. Hegar was just over one hundred votes shy of the necessary 50.00% required to avoid a runoff. Rep. Hiderbran finished in a distant second place with 26.01% of the vote. Two other candidates, activist Debra Medina and former one-term State Rep. Raul Torres, split the remainder of the vote. Earlier today, former Rep. Torres endorsed Rep. Hilderbran.

Rep. Hilderbran earned the endorsement of most Texas newspapers, while Senator Hegar only had the endorsement of the Dallas Morning News. Senator Hegar gained notoriety for sponsoring the special session's anti-women's health bill in the Texas Senate. Hegar was regarded as the more conservative and TEA Party preferred candidate in the race for Comptroller.

Read Rep. Hilderbran's statement of withdrawal after the jump.

"I just had a great conversation with Glenn Hegar I told him I was withdrawing from the runoff and endorsing him as the Republican nominee," said Hilderbran. "I am proud of the campaign that we ran, and I will always be grateful to my tireless campaign team and the hundreds of contributors and thousands of supporters that we had from all over Texas. I ran for this office to enact a plan to improve the Comptroller's office for taxpayers and I am excited that Glenn has agreed to work together to enact much of my platform, for the benefit of all taxpayers. I urge all Republicans to support Glenn as our nominee and help ensure that he is elected the next Comptroller in November."

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"Republicans fall in line" (0.00 / 0)
The TXGOP is also trying to muscle Dewhurst and Branch out of their respective runoffs.

The conservative hive mind is much like the Borg, but with a whole lot more bias against those unlike them... and missing a queen.

Afflicting the comfortable via...

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