Rick Perry, already Texas’ longest-serving governor, has survived primary challenges from a popular senator and an insurgent tea party candidate. Debra Medina had hoped to spoil the Republican race, but the tea partyer (whom we recently called out) was able to grab only about 17 percent of the vote.
Reuters via Yahoo:
After trailing Hutchison in initial polls in 2009, Perry surged to a commanding lead by mobilizing his party’s most conservative members and harnessing disenchantment with Washington-style politics and President Barack Obama.
“I think the message is pretty clear—conservatism has never been stronger than it is today,” Perry told reporters on Tuesday night in Driftwood.