If someone had told Guy Williams two weeks ago that he’d make the runoff for a seat on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, even he might have laughed. He barely campaigned and raised little cash, working full-time at a Corpus Christi insurance defense firm in January and February before he decided he should take some time off before the Republican primary. He spent $20,000 of his own cash on one mailout in urban counties.

“Frankly, I thought, I didn’t know what my chances were,” says Williams, who was licensed 12 years ago and has six years of criminal experience. “I didn’t know how much money these people were going to raise and spend. I didn’t know where I stood.”

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