GOP Primary Often The Most Important Election In Texas

AUSTIN (February 23, 2014) In a state with 26 million people, the leaders of Texas are routinely chosen by about 750,000 people, which is roughly how many votes that Republican candidates have needed to win the nomination for governor in the last two primary elections.

The Republican primary has been the de facto election in Texas because Democrats haven't won a statewide office in 20 years.

GOP voters want "authentic conservatives" who support gun rights and the death penalty while opposing abortion and illegal immigration.

They hate the Environmental Protection Agency and federal programs such as the Affordable Care Act and, but adore U.S. troops and Christian values, and they really don't like President Barack Obama.

When Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the frontrunner in the GOP race for governor, appeared with Central Texas rocker Ted Nugent, he was trying to demonstrate his support for gun rights and anti-Washington rebels.

Abbott drew criticism, however, because of Nugent’s sometimes incendiary statements, including his description of Mr. Obama as a “subhuman mongrel.”

Nugent apologized for that description Friday during an interview on WBAP in Dallas.

"I apologize for using the street fight terminology of subhuman mongrel,” he said.

He said he should have called Mr. Obama a "violator of his Constitution, the liar that he is."

He said the president lied about the health care law.

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