Polls are open from 7am-7pm today for the GOP (Republican) primary runoff. Ted Cruz will defeat David Dewhurst with your support today. Dewhurst is backed by the big money and the moderate RINO political machine.
We the People support Ted Cruz. Get out and vote.
Cruz, a Cuban-American lawyer, grabbed enough votes in the May 29 primary to keep Dewhurst below the majority required to win the party nomination outright. Dewhurst placed first with 44 percent of the vote, while Cruz came in second with 34 percent, and the two headed for a runoff. Seven additional candidates received votes in the May 29 Republican primary.
Polls and anecdotal evidence suggest that supporters of third-place finisher Tom Leppert, the former Dallas mayor, were more likely to back Dewhurst, who has strong support from sitting Gov. Rick Perry and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee. Leppert ended up supporting Dewhurst in the runoff.
But tea party power just might overshadow Dewhurst’s endorsements. Cruz has earned outside support from major organizations such as FreedomWorks, the Club for Growth and the Tea Party Express, which have boosted his financial prowess and extended his reach.
Supporters say Cruz put in the time and effort to spread his message at rallies and grassroots events around the state, even while he remained at a financial disadvantage. As of July 11, Dewhurst had raised over $24.5 million compared to Cruz’s $9 million, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.
“Ted is a proven, common-sense constitutional conservative and he’s a fighter and he will bring new leadership to the United States Senate,” Palin, the former governor of Alaska, said at a rally for Cruz on Saturday. “He will shrink government, he will be putting it back on the side of the people, and he will defend the United States Constitution.”
A Cruz win will not only invigorate the tea party in and outside the state, but it also has the potential to greatly shake up the Republican establishment in Texas, which remains firmly behind Dewhurst.
Tuesday’s primary will likely be the deciding contest in this open seat race, as voters choose a successor to retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Democrats lost their top pick for the race, retired Army Gen. Ricardo Sanchez.
But on Tuesday, Democrats have their own runoff to contend with to select their nominee. The candidates competing are former state Rep. Paul Sadler and retired educator Grady Yarbrough.
What a huge victory for Ted Cruz and for Conservative Americans across the country. With the big win in the runoff, the next step is victory on November 6th and helping send Ted to Washington to fight for the restoration of America. We congratulate Ted on his victory and thanks to all of you for your hard work in helping to Get Out The Vote for Ted on the 31st!
It’s a great day for Texas and the U.S.A.
The AP projects that Tea Party star Ted Cruz will win the Texas Republican Senate primary, defeating “establishment” candidate and longtime Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst.
In the past several weeks victory for Cruz, the former solicitor general, had begun to look increasingly likely, with polls showing him ahead of Dewhurst, and major national Tea Party stars like Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim DeMint turning out to campaign for him in the final days leading up to the runoff. However, for the bulk of the race Cruz had been the underdog, lacking in the wealth and name recognition enjoyed by Dewhurst, who has been the lieutenant governor under Rick Perry since 2003.
While Cruz, 41, may have had the majority of national star power on his side, Dewhurst, 66, had the backing of many in the Texas political establishment, including Perry. Dewhurst enjoyed a huge financial advantage over Cruz. According to the Center for Responsive Politics, Dewhurst poured $11 million of his own personal fortune- he founded a successful energy company called Falcon Seaboard- into his campaign, spending a total of $19 million, as compared to Cruz’s $7 million spent. But ultimately Dewhurst’s wallet was no match for Cruz’s political prowess.