Republicans Ready To Rumble

The race to determine who's more conservative

Even though the congressional, state House, and state Senate redistricting maps are all being challenged in court, that has not stopped a flurry of Travis County Republican primary challengers from gearing up to take down their GOP incumbents. Donna Campbell, who flamed out in 2010 against Congressman Lloyd Doggett, has decided to challenge Sen. Jeff Wentworth, whose San Antonio-based district reaches into southwestern Travis County. Similarly, there's bad news for freshman Rep. Paul Workman, who is being challenged by former House Redistricting Committee general counsel Ryan Down­ton. The "more conservative than thou" rhetoric is already flying. Downton has called Workman a liberal, while Workman has fired back that Downton started his legislative career as counsel for Demo­cratic Rep. Mark Strama's House Committee on Technology, Economic Development, and Workforce. However, the real carnage may be reserved for the new Congressional District 25, running from Travis County to the outskirts of Dallas. So far, eight Republicans, including former Railroad Commis­sion­er Michael Williams, are preparing for a primary punch-up.

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