SOUND OFF: Is Texas red, or turning purple?

Tea Party runoff victories could signal shift in state politics

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Several Tea Party-backed candidates won in Tuesday's GOP runoff, marking a shift in state politics.

Dan Patrick defeated incumbent David Dewhurst for the Republican Party's nomination for lieutenant governor. Patrick says his campaign will seek conservative support among minorities and contest Democrats for votes. He'll face Democratic nominee Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio in November's election.

Meanwhile, Tea Party favorite Ken Paxton defeated Dan Branch to win the GOP nomination for Texas attorney general, and will run against Democrat Sam Houston for the office.

Do you think Republicans' preference for Tea Party-backed candidates in the runoff means Texas is becoming more solidly red? Or do you think centrist voters could be turned off by the party's shift to the right, making Texas lean more purple?

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