Republican candidates for lt. gov. hold TV debate

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by Associated Press

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Posted on January 27, 2014 at 8:13 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 27 at 8:21 AM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The post of lieutenant governor is often touted as the most powerful in Texas.

Monday night the four Republican candidates will get their first televised chance to win over voters.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is facing one of the toughest re-election bids of his career against Houston Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.

Dallas public television station KERA is hosting an hour-long debate at 8 p.m. on Monday night. If past candidate forums are any indication, the attacks will be on style more than substance since the candidates agree on most issues.

A bad performance can end a campaign, while a simple gaffe can become a potent commercial for an opponent.

Chris Tomlinson is the AP's supervisory correspondent in Austin, responsible for state government and political coverage.

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