Texas runoff decides GOP House candidates

National Republicans got their man in the race to face Rep. Chet Edwards (D-Texas), with businessman Bill Flores winning a primary runoff over 2008 nominee Rob Curnock on Tuesday.

Flores led comfortably, 63-37 with 85 percent of precincts reporting, according to the Texas Secretary of State. The race has been called for Flores.

In the other race the GOP has its eyes on in the Lone Star State, attorney Quico Canseco defeated former CIA officer Will Hurd. Canseco, who lost the 2008 primary, led 56-44 with 76 percent of precincts reporting and will face Rep. Ciro Rodriguez (D-Texas).

The Edwards seat represents the better pickup opportunity for the GOP, which has high hopes for Flores's candidacy and sees the heavily conservative district as a ripe pickup. Neither candidate in Rodriguez's district has put together big money for the GOP's effort to win back the seat, which it lost in 2006.

Updated at 10:03 p.m.