Created: Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:13:58 EST
Updated: Wed, 05 Mar 2014 12:13:58 EST
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Dallas dental mogul and former major GOP donor David Alameel has topped four little-known candidates to win the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate.
Alameel distanced himself from a crowded field by securing the endorsement of Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Wendy Davis.
Born in Lebanon, Alameel joined an official delegation that traveled to Afghanistan in 2000 and negotiated secretly with the Taliban.
Those talks sought to facilitate the handover of Osama bin Laden to U.S. authorities, but stalled after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
Alameel spent $4.5 million running unsuccessfully for Congress in 2012 and says money will be no object in this race. He long donated generously to both parties — but now says the GOP is too extreme.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn coasted to victory in the Republican primary.