Two results from Texas' GOP Primary runoffs on Tuesday secured nominations for candidates who oppose amnesty and support tougher enforcement. Brian Babin defeated the heavily backed Ben Streusand in the GOP Primary runoff in Texas' 36th Congressional District on Tuesday to fill the seat being vacated by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas). Also, amnesty advocate David Dewhurst lost his re-election bid for Lieutenant Governor to state Sen. Dan Patrick, who ran on an immigration enforcement platform.
Babin, the former mayor of Woodville, Texas, opposed amnesty for illegal aliens and supported tougher immigration enforcement and border provisions during his campaign. He also expressed support for an immigration system that served in the interest of U.S. citizens. Streusand stayed away from the immigration issue for the most part.
This is the second straight statewide GOP runoff that David Dewhurst has lost. In 2012, he lost to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in a race to fill the seat that then held by Kay Bailey Hutchison. Cruz completed a NumbersUSA survey and was rated as a True Reformer, whereas Dewhurst blocked several immigration enforcement bills from coming to the state house floor for a vote in his role as Lieutenant Governor.