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Scorched Earth

Seems like negativity paid off in the local April 13 Republican run-offs. In southwest Travis County's House District 47, developer and real estate investor Paul Workman defeated lawyer Holly Turner, 54% to 46%, but only after a scorched-earth campaign smearing her as a carpetbagger, an attorney, and the wife of a lobbyist. Workman now faces incumbent Rep. Valinda Bolton, D-Aus­tin, in November, in what is likely to be a brutal campaign. Up in Williamson County, former staffer to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas State University System Vice Chan­cellor Larry Gonzales destroyed John Gor­don, the godfather of the WilCo GOP, 71% to 29%, after the former ran a raft of TV ads using footage of Gordon being pulled over for traffic violations. Gonzales will challenge freshman Rep. Diana Maldonado, D-Round Rock, in the general election.

In total, there were eight GOP House run-offs in the state, mostly for vacant seats but with mixed results for incumbents. Capitol institution Delwin Jones, who first entered the House in 1964 as a Democrat, was soundly defeated by Lubbock developer and tea partier Charles Perry. Similarly, in El Paso, in the sole Democratic House run-off, Naomi Gonzalez booted out unpopular and trouble-plagued incumbent Norma Chávez after an ugly campaign. Nor are the primaries all settled: In Hous­ton's HD 146, Democratic incumbent Al Edwards is contesting his narrow 10-vote loss to longtime rival Borris Miles in district court.

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