Burka has drawn many conclusions, with caveats being made, about what transpired in the primaries in Texas, GOP in particular. BOR shoots them down, and much much more, The Republican Party Primary Runoffs: Paul Burka, Bob Perry, & Karen Hughes. With the more extreme right candidates winning the primaries in most of the GOP House races, including HD-52, some seem to think it’s a bad omen for Democrats November. Not me, I don’t think having the most extreme elements of the right dominating the Republican Party in Texas is good for them. The big question is can the Texas Democrats peel off enough of the many disaffected and moderate Republicans so they can win in November?
One of the most disaffected and put upon elements of the GOP coalition that was instrumental in getting them to complete control of our state’s government appears to be the religious right/social conservatives. They;re candidates to the SBOE this primary season took a beating. It seems the GOP in courting the more “libertarian”, formerly disaffected element that makes up the “tea party” types, they are neglecting the religious/social conservative element of their coalition. The key to me seems to for them to be able to bring in libertarians without neglecting, and more importantly infuriating, the religious/social conservatives in their ranks.
Also check out Jason Embry’s Lessons from primary season.