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Republican Texas lieutenant governor candidate Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson speaks during a debate at KERA studios in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.  The four Republican candidates are vying to be Texas lieutenant governor, a post considered to be the most powerful in the state. (AP Photo/LM Otero,Pool)

Republican Texas lieutenant governor candidate Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson speaks during a debate at KERA studios in Dallas, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. The four Republican candidates are vying to be Texas lieutenant governor, a post considered to be the most powerful in the state. (AP Photo/LM Otero,Pool)

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