Texas Primary Results Highlight GOP’s Extremism

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WASHINGTON — Last night’s Texas primary results show further proof that the Republican Party is now the party of insurrectionists and extremists. The Republican ticket includes Senator Angela Paxton, who attended the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol. As more Republican state legislators and candidates push dangerously conservative anti-LGBTQ, anti-voter, and anti-abortion agendas, it is very clear that Republicans’ are fully embracing their most extreme politicians in the Lone Star State. 

“Angela Paxton perfectly encapsulates the priorities of today’s Republican Party,” said DLCC President Jessica Post. “Republicans’ commitment to extreme partisan gerrymandering and passing radical right-wing laws has created candidates who are more focused on conspiracy theories than the work of the people. The Texas GOP’s lineup is a stark preview of what is quickly happening across the country — where insurrectionists and conspiracy theorists are increasingly wielding power in the Republican Party.” 

Here are just a few of the extremists that are in office or are running for office in the Texas Legislature: 

Senator Angela Paxton (SD-8): Sen. Paxton is one of the many insurrectionist state legislators up for reelection. She sponsored the state’s abortion trigger law that outlaws abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned. Sen. Paxton has also tried to use her office to expand the powers of the attorney general, the office her husband holds, with legislation to potentially gut investment rules he stands accused of breaking. 

Senator Brandon Creighton (SD-4): As chair of the Higher Education Committee, Senator Creighton supports proposals to revoke tenure for professors who don’t teach the version of US history that Republicans like. 

Senator Bryan Hughes (SD-1): As the main author of Texas’ extreme 6-week abortion ban, Senator Hughes is currently attempting to depose abortion rights advocates for providing critical resources to Texans seeking reproductive care.

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