|After a rough time during the original primary on March 4, the moderate Texas Parent PAC saw a surge of success, with the most overall wins in its legislative races. They even ousted another incumbent, bringing the total number of conservative incumbents ousted by moderates to two.
The table below summarizes the results of Texas legislative races where Texas Parent PAC, TLR, YCT and Empower Texans made endorsements.
Texas Parent PAC's moderate candidates saw the most wins on May 27, with 4 victorious candidates to YCT and TLR's 3 and Empower Texans' 2. Both sides ousted one incumbent each, with Parent PAC ousting Stefani Carter in HD 102 and YCT/Empower Texans defeating State Sen. Bob Deuell in SD 2 by a hair. Nonetheless, the run-off election was a success for many moderate Republicans in the Texas Legislature.
Texans shouldn't be lulled into a false sense of security by the moderate Republican victories in the run-off, however. The run-offs only represent a small number of the total races for control of the Texas Legislature. And when it comes to the big picture, hyper-conservatives are still in control.
As we pointed out after March 4, far right PACs like YCT and Empower Texans are gaining influence in the Texas Legislature. They ousted 5 incumbents on March 4, and with Deuell's loss, they've ousted a total of 6 more moderate Republicans in favor of conservative ones. The moderate victories in the run-off only came after extra months of hard work, campaigning, and resources spent. Tea Party groups still won more legislative races outright in March.
The message to Republican moderates is still the same--disagreeing with the far right wing of the party will put you at a disadvantage come election time.
Note: This post has been updated to correctly reflect that HD 132 was an open seat.