Key conservative group Empower Texans loses 17 races in primary election
AUSTIN — One of the wealthiest tea party-aligned establishments trying to influence Texas politics fell flat in this week's primary election, losing half of the races it invested time or money in.
Empower Texans endorsed 34 candidates who ran in the March 6 Republican primary election. Of those, 13 won, 17 lost and four will continue on to a runoff election in May.
One of their biggest wins was unseating Republican Rep. Jason Villalba, a moderate from Dalls who has also attracted the ire of Texans for Vaccine Choice, a grassroots group that fights against mandatory child vaccines.
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