This e-mail from the Fort Worth Star Telegram’s Bud Kennedy contains his cogent analysis of the Barrett-Shelton race. It is great fun to pontificate from Austin, but every once in a while it is nice to hear from people who actually know something.
I see many comments about Dan Barrett’s victory.
I saw more forums in the race and covered more events than any other
1–Voting in the outlying, newer, conservative subdivisions dropped to
nearly nothing in the runoff. Some boxes that Shelton won in the first
election turned out only a handful of voters.
2–I realize there is a debate over whether local voters know who
Craddick is. But Leonard had made it a point to criticize him.
If you add up the November results for the anti-Craddick candidates —
Barrett, Hatch, and Leonard — it miirrors the final result.