Texas: Dewhurst trailed in primary. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R), a wealthy fixture of Lone Star State politics, came in second in Tuesday’s four-way GOP primary, making his reelection doubtful. With virtually all precincts reporting, state Sen. Dan Patrick, a strong social conservative and a talk-radio host, led with 41%, followed by Dewhurst with 28%. Two other candidates received 18% and 12%. The runoff is May 27.
Florida: Scott State of State address lays out campaign message. In a tough reelection battle with former Gov. Charlie Crist (D-FL), Gov. Rick Scott (R) laid out his themes for the coming campaign. Describing Florida when he took over from Crist, Scott pointed to 11% unemployment. Today, he said, “I could talk about how our unemployment rate is now down to 6.3%; how our crime rate is at a 42-year low; how we have invested record funding in protecting our environment while our tourism industry is breaking records.” Crist, in response, accused Scott of “playing politics,” reported The Tampa Bay Times.
Kentucky: Beshear to appeal gay-marriage ruling. Despite state Attorney General Jack Conway’s (D) refusal to appeal a federal judge’s decision that would force Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages conducted in other states, Gov. Steve Beshear, also a Democrat, says he will appoint outside attorneys to appeal the case. In a prepared statement, Beshear said the potential for “legal chaos is real" if a delay is not granted while the case is appealed. "Employers, health care providers, governmental agencies and others faced with changing rules need a clear and certain roadmap," Beshear said, which could only be provided by the US Supreme Court.