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One More Term Will Do For Dewhurst

Updated: Thursday, January 16 2014, 12:52 PM CST

One more term will do for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

The thrice-elected incumbent claims he'll campaign no more if voters choose to return him to his powerful office in November.

As it is, Dewhurst is in the fight of his political life and his spot on the November ballot is still very much up in the air. He's locked in a four-man battle royal for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor that is all but guaranteed to advance to an April run-off.

Like an aging heavyweight, Dewhurst is playing defense against hungry opponents eager to exploit the weaknesses initially exposed in a bruising loss against the younger, flashier Ted Cruz during the 2012 GOP senate primary. Dewhurst's detractors have alternately painted him as a moderate creature of the establishment, an out-of-touch career politician, and a weak leader who allowed thousands of abortion rights activists to hijack the Capitol at the end last year's regular session.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples are all hoping those perceived weaknesses will be the opening they need to steal the nomination away from Dewhurst.

Even if he triumphs, a Dewhurst victory will cost him more than a few rhetorical haymakers. The Republican businessman has spent millions of dollars from his own fortune on his various campaigns, including $25 million on his failed senate run. The drain on his treasure is a primary reason he's calling it quits after this race.

He recently told the Associated Press, "I'm leaner today than when I started in politics. I need to go back and earn some money."

One More Term Will Do For Dewhurst


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