The results are in the books for the delayed Texas primaries
and, as usual, there was plenty of drama, and a few surprises. Here
is a brief recap of the high and lowlights:
IBAT-endorsed David Dewhurst fell short of the majority vote
needed to avoid a runoff with 46%. He and Ted Cruz will no doubt have a
lively and costly campaign leading up to the July 31 runoff.
On the Republican side, there were 23 contested races.
The IBAT FedPAC contributed in sixteen of these, and supported the winners in
all. The other seven races were either very crowded open-seat races, or
contests in which Rs are running in solidly D districts with little, if any,
chance of success in November.
On the Democratic side, there were 16 races, including
several open seats and a number of candidates running in solidly R districts.
We contributed in three of these races, won two, and were unsuccessful with the
loss of El Paso Congressman Silvestre Reyes.
For the two-year election cycle, we have contributed in 27
of the now 32 Texas Congressional races, along with several key out-of-state
There were ten contested races on the R side. We made
contributions in nine of these, and were nine for nine. There were no
contested primaries on the D side. So far this cycle, the IBAT PAC has
made contributions in 23 (of 31) Senate races.
There were 59 races in the Republican primary . . . we
contributed to candidates in 37 of these, again with those we didn't being open
seats with no clear consensus among our members or Rs running in D
districts. We contributed in five open seat races after polling our
district bankers, and those races resulted in three outright wins and two
runoffs. Additionally, four incumbent candidates supported by the IBAT
PAC will be in runoffs. Five incumbents supported by the IBAT PAC lost
their races . . . Beck, Christian, Eissler, Nash and Truitt.
On the D side, there were 23 contested races, and the IBAT
PAC was six for six in those where we made contributions.
So far this cycle, we have made contributions to 104 candidates
in the Texas House races.
Special thanks to all of you who provided input regarding
races in your districts to allow us to make early contributions to a number of
candidates. We will be "going back to the well" for the runoffs, and hope
to have the opportunity to be engaged in a number of these contests.
Additionally, your contributions to the IBAT PAC and IBAT FedPAC are greatly
appreciated. Thanks to all of you for your faithful support of our political