The daily STEW (Star-Telegram Editorial Writers): Party primary elections Tuesday produced several runoffs and some upsets of incumbents. What surprised you the most about the election results?
Nothing about the results really surprised me, the people have had enough of liberals and liberal leaning so called Republicans. Thanks to Obama many of the sheep in this country are finally becoming wolves. This is nothing more than a precursor to what’s coming in November and in 2016. Jeff Dunlop
I was actually surprised by the strength shown by Patrick in lieutent governor’s race. He looks to be a winner — not good news for either progressive or what’s left of GOP establishment in the state. This means that Dewhurst is political toast — another surprise. Jim Atkinson
That Dan Patrick survived for a runoff. My only hope is that Leticia [Van de Putte] will ultimately provide the most reasonable candidacy in the general election. …I was also disappointed that [Andy] Cargile lost his race to [Jonathan] Strickland. John Carlisle Moore
Most surprised that Lon Burnham lost. Mark Birnbaum
My biggest disappointment: with 26 million people in this state, less than 1 million bothered to show up at the polls. State and local government has much more impact in their daily lives, but they still don’t vote. Bill Alston
Low turnout is always troubling. People need to understand that not voting IS a vote — for the status quo. That’s why Republicans love low turnout — it works in their favor. Katie Sherrod
That the Star-Telegram continues to act like an ostrich and their writers keep their collective heads in the sand with their unwavering support for Dr. Mark Shelton when everyone else knows that Konni Burton will be the next state senator from Senate District 10. R. Craig Bolander