Texas Primary Good Omen for Lindsey Graham

By Paul Gable

If the Texas primaries are any indicator, Sen. Lindsey Graham will have little trouble holding onto his Senate seat despite Tea Party opposition.

In the home state of the Koch brothers and despite help from Sarah Palin and the father of Sen. Ted Cruz, Tea Party challenges to targeted incumbents fell flat yesterday.

John Cornyn, the number 2 ranking Republican in the Senate, was targeted by the Tea Party for not standing with fellow Texas senator Ted Cruz in the federal government shutdown and budget showdown.

Cornyn won first ballot nomination easily over seven challengers garnering 59.4% of the vote.

In Texas House District 32, incumbent nine term Republican Pete Sessions was challenged by Tea Party favorite Katrina Pierson. Didn’t matter! Sessions was re-nominated with 63.2% of the vote.

The Texas Tea Party certainly appears to be on life support this morning regardless of how many millions the Koch brothers spend in attack ads on incumbents they don’t like.

What does all this mean for Graham?

Probably a first ballot victory in June as he turns away four relatively weak challengers fairly easily.

No reason South Carolina voters should listen to a couple of billionaire brothers from Texas when voters in their home state don’t.


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