If there was any consensus about the results of Tuesday night’s primary runoff elections, it’s that statewide candidates with Tea Party backing fared better than those without it. One exception to that rule was the race for railroad commissioner, where Ryan Sitton overcame a 12-point deficit in the March primaries to beat out former state Rep. Wayne Christian.

In Friday’s Capital Tonight, we looked at some of the reasons behind Sitton’s win, and what they say about the grassroots conservative movement in Texas.


At the state House level, the Tea Party’s influence was less clear as well. We sat down with Erica Grieder of Texas Monthly and the Texas Tribune’s Ross Ramsey to discuss how factors like voter turnout and campaign strategy also played a role.

And we hear plenty of complaints about government spending, but did the Obama administration really spend $200,000 to move a shrub in San Francisco? Gardner Selby of PolitiFact Texas and the Austin American-Statesman joined us to check that claim and more.