Former New England Patriot and sports broadcaster Craig James is headed for near certain defeat in tonight’s Texas Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
The conservative athlete-turned-real estate developer never caught fire in his bid to replace retiring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Recent polls have shown James stuck in a distant fourth place with only 2-3% of the vote, having fallen back from a small surge he experienced several weeks ago that took him into the high single-digits and in a tie for third place with former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert.
If no candidate gets 50% tonight, the top two will move on to a run-off.
James got some national exposure following Deb Fischer’s come from behind win in Nebraska, and his campaign attempted to cling to that as a model for their own path to victory.
“The parallels between the Nebraska and Texas U.S. Senate races are remarkable,” commented Corbett Howard, campaign manager for James’ campaign. “Like Deb Fischer, Craig is a rancher who has never run for statewide office before. And like Senator Fischer, Craig has stayed above the fray in the Dewhurst/Cruz mudslinging.”