During the debate over the bathroom bill last year, social conservative Republicans taunted the business conservative Republicans with the phrase: “Dollars over daughters.” But in the Republican primaries and runoffs this spring, the business conservatives trounced the tea party crowd and the leadership of Empower Texans, one of the stalwart groups heading the social conservatives. On Tuesday, all but one of the Republican state House runoff candidates with an Empower Texans endorsement lost. In the primary, Empower endorsed candidates challenging sixteen business-oriented state House incumbents and only saw the defeat of two—both of whom had suffered self-inflicted wounds.

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