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Tea Party regroups with big victories in Texas

Vote marks end of the line for two most durable figures in the Lone Star State

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Posted: Friday, May 30, 2014 12:00 am

WASHINGTON — The brew is weaker but still being drunk in Texas, as the tea party there bucked a national trend and toppled more establishment Republicans on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s vote marks the end of the line for two of the most durable figures in Texas. Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst lost his bid to run for re-election to Dan Patrick, a state legislator and radio host, and 17-term Rep. Ralph Hall lost to a lawyer, John Ratcliffe.

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