AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Debra Medina surprised many Texas Republicans in 2010, when her underfunded, grassroots gubernatorial campaign won a respectable 19 percent in the GOP primary.
Now Medina is back, in the thick of a primary fight to be the state's next comptroller.
And this time she has a legitimate chance to win.
Medina is a nurse and businesswoman who combines tea party fervor with Libertarian economic ideals.
She's spent a paltry $157,000 campaigning. That's 30 times less than the combined spending of the race's other two top candidates, state Sen. Glenn Hegar and state Rep. Harvey Hilderbran.
But Medina insists she has enough conservative-activist support to thrive without big money.
If no one wins a majority of the votes in Tuesday's primary, a May 27 runoff will feature the top-two finishers.
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