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The four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor took on end-of-life issues, border security, and of course, each other, in an hour-long Dallas debate. 


State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples went on the offensive against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson was the only one who left daylight between his views and the incumbent’s — but even those differences were small. 

BEN PHILPOTT reports for The Texas Tribune where this story was originally published. It is made available here through a news partnership between the Texas Tribune and the San Marcos Mercury.

COVER: Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is one of three challengers to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the Republican Party primary on March 4.

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