The Wild West is living up to its reputation as two Texas Republicans with an eye on Democratic Rep. Chet Edwards' seat face off today in a primary runoff election, trashing each other over voting records and property taxes.
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With the GOP trying to make the Republican-leaning 17th Congressional district a top November target, the Democrats are exploiting the Republican divisions at every opportunity. Republican candidates Bill Flores and Rob Curnock have given them ample ammunition, sparring over the usual who is more conservative, and the less typical fight over one of them voting for Hillary Clinton.
Flores, a retired oil and gas industry executive backed by the NRCC, and Curnock, who is seeking a rematch against Edwards finished atop the field during the March 2 primary. The nastiness started after a debate, when Curnock asked Flores who he'd voted for in 2008. Flores told Curnock that of course he'd had his vote. But actually, he didn't vote at all. When called on the fib, Flores said he'd been joking.