Tea-party favorite Ted Cruz romps in Texas

The GOP establishment — not to mention Gov. Rick Perry — has lost another one. From the Associated Press:

AUSTIN, Texas — Tea party darling Ted Cruz trounced the Republican establishment favorite, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, in Texas’ runoff election Tuesday, winning the GOP nomination to replace retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in an outcome that figured to reverberate far beyond the Lone Star State.

The race had been closely watched nationally, seen as one of America’s most-vivid contrasts between the GOP mainstream and the tea party. But as results began to pour in, it turned out to be no contest — with Cruz grabbing early leads in key cities around the state where Dewhurst had once enjoyed stronger name recognition, fundraising and political organization just weeks earlier.

Overseeing the state Senate from the powerful lieutenant governor’s post since 2003, Dewhurst was long considered a slam dunk in his race with Cruz, the son of a Cuban immigrant and former state solicitor general. Dewhurst had the endorsement of much of Texas’ Republican mainstream, including Gov. Rick Perry, who despite his failed run for president was still widely popular back home. He also had a $200 million personal fortune he could dip into at will and did, loaning his Senate campaign at least $24.5 million.

But Cruz has a fiery stage presence that made tea party supporters across the state swoon, and received millions from national, conservative organizations which targeted Dewhurst as too moderate. Even though the lieutenant governor oversaw some of the most-conservative state legislative sessions in Texas history and helped speed the passage of laws requiring women to undergo a sonogram before having an abortion and voters to show identification at the polls, he also occasionally compromised with Democratic lawmakers to keep the legislative agenda moving.

Meanwhile, former Democratic state Rep. Paul Saddler easily bested perennial candidate Grady Yarbrough to capture his party’s nomination and face Cruz in November’s general election, but Cruz begins that race the overwhelming favorite.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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14 comments Add your comment

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 31st, 2012
9:50 pm

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 31st, 2012
9:50 pm

I will also gloat that TSPLOST appears headed to dismal defeat in ALL 12 regions.

Rafe Hollister

July 31st, 2012
9:52 pm

And the “Rove” map still shows Texas as a “leaning state”. Hah, Obama has no chance there.
Go Tea Party!

vuduchld

July 31st, 2012
10:02 pm

Who cares? It’s Texas folks, barely one IQ unit above Mississippi. As for T- whatever, glad it will be voted down because the last thing you incompetent morons need is more money to piss in the wind. Hope you idiots continue to choke on asphalt.

hiram

July 31st, 2012
10:02 pm

This Frankenstein monster belongs to Karl Rove.

td

July 31st, 2012
10:14 pm

More TEA to come. It is time to turn around the country and take it back from the parasites.

Look before I leap...

July 31st, 2012
10:27 pm

TSPLOST is done – stick a fork in it.
Can’t say I am gonna miss the shills on here. Now we can get back to our normal programming.

$10 million dollars and weeks of chicken-little warnings.
I think I’ll send a box of tissues to Atlanta City Hall.

I can only hope there will downstream negative consequences for those in the state legislature who supported this. But I doubt there will be but for the fewer number of free dinners offered by the paving industry.

hiram

July 31st, 2012
10:38 pm

@ look
Free dinners? Try 3 days at the Ritz-Carlton Luxury Resort on Amelia Island, for DOT Board Chairman, Rudy.

TrishaDishaWarEagle

July 31st, 2012
10:55 pm

We got the motive which was money and the TSPLOST which is DEAD!!

Edmund Ruffin

August 1st, 2012
7:10 am

A great victory! I doubt the Republican establishment with get it, but we need one or two of these victories in Georgia against one or two of the current establishment Republican senators.

WOW

August 1st, 2012
11:03 am

This is great, the beginning of the Democratic comeback in Texas.

Last Man Standing

August 1st, 2012
11:18 am

TrishaDishaWarEagle :

Glad to see you posting again. I’ve missed seeing your posts for a while!

jerome

August 1st, 2012
7:36 pm

the tea party is filled with white racists, trying to keep minorities down. Obama wins in 2012 easy—4 more years!!!

Last Man Standing

August 1st, 2012
8:42 pm

jerome:

obama can kiss my capitalistic, American behind! No, no, forget that. I don’t even want that communist close to this proud TEA Party supporter. Blacks are by far more racist than most whites so if you’re looking for a racist, try a mirror.