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David Dewhurst still owes $1.4M from failed Senate run

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AUSTIN, Texas — A new federal report shows Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst still owing businesses $1.4 million from his failed 2012 run for U.S. Senate.

The Dallas Morning News reported Saturday that 20 private creditors have been waiting 18 months for payment. Dewhurst spokesman Travis Considine says the problem stems from a former adviser who Dewhurst sued over claims of stolen campaign funds.

Kenneth Barfield ultimately signed over his 6,000-square-foot home to Dewhurst as part of a legal settlement. Considine says efforts are ongoing to sell the house and use the money to pay creditors.

Losing to Ted Cruz kept Dewhurst in the statehouse. He now wants a fourth term but faces a primary challenge from three big-name Republicans: state Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.

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