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Texas Republican primary: Dewhurst v. Cruz for US Senate

Ted Cruz at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Lousiana
Ted Cruz at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Lousiana
Gage Skidmore

The Texas Republican Primary on Tuesday, May 29th, is a faceoff between the establishment insiders and the Tea Party for the heart and soul of the GOP. The Senate seat up for grabs being vacated by retiring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson has a large field, but only two front runners; Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz.

Even though Cruz’s endorsements read like a Who’s Who of constitutional conservatives with support from former Governor Sarah Palin, Senator Jim DeMint, Senator Rick Santorum and Sean Hanity, Dewhurst still polls ahead. The Dewhurst endorsements come from many mainstream organizations like: Texas Municipal Police Association, Texas Oil and Gas PAC, National Association of Realtors (RPAC), former Governor Mike Huckabee and Texas Governor Rick Perry.

However, in a recent Public Policy Polling news release, the Lt. Governor’s apparent lead could be in jeopardy.

“But there is one finding in the poll that suggests some possibility for things to be closer than expected. 49% of Cruz’s voters are ‘very excited’ about casting their ballots on Tuesday, while only 27% of Dewhurst’s are. With voters who are ‘very excited’ about turning out, Cruz actually has a 42 – 37 advantage.” ~Public Policy Polling, May 24, 2012

The political ads against Ted Cruz have been particularly negative. Cruz has spent much effort to rebut the negative ads as lies on his campaign site.

If this primary race turns out to be a clear mandate, like it was for Richard Mourdock, to the establishment GOP with a Tea Party supported candidate win, there may still be more house cleaning in Texas politics to come.

Vote Tuesday May 29th. For Texas polling places, click here. For information on the candidates, use this free, non-partisan voters guide.


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