Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) has been challenged three times in the primary since winning an open-seat race in 2002. He defeated Chuck Tull of Edgewood, 73%-27%, in 2006. He defeated Link Linkenauger of Greenville, 65%-35%, in 2010 and George Alexander of Greenville, 60%-40%, in 2012. In the last two races, at least one group thought the incumbent was too conservative. The Texas Parent PAC, a public education advocacy group that typically supports Democrats and centrist Republican candidates, was one of the biggest donors to both of Flynn’s challengers.
Rep. Dan Flynn