BELTON — State Rep. Dan Branch, R-Dallas, squeaked out a win in the Central Texas Republican Women’s attorney general straw poll Wednesday. Branch was one of two candidates for Texas’ top cop position to stop by the Wildflower Country Club in Temple.
Branch, who received 20 votes, beat State Sen. Ken Paxton, R-McKinney, by one vote in the nonbinding poll. Barry Smitherman, the current chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, was only able to garner 10 votes.
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