The past couple of years have been difficult ones politically for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. He lost a U.S. Senate race in 2012 to Ted Cruz that he should have won handily. He lost control of the Texas Senate last summer over an anti-abortion bill. A friend and campaign confidant has been accused of stealing millions from his campaign accounts.
No wonder Dewhurst entered the 2014 campaign season looking vulnerable, and why three strong candidates signed up to send him packing. State Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson all say Dewhurst is too weak a leader to continue as lieutenant governor.
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