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Ted Cruz closing the Gap in Texas Senate Primary

by Rodan ( 12 Comments › )
Filed under Elections 2012, Headlines, Republican Party at May 21st, 2012 - 2:23 pm

Tea Party favorite Ted Cruz has narrowed the gap with Establishment Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Although Dewhurt is polling at 40% and Cruz at 31%, this signifies a closing and would force a run off on June 31st. If this happens, Ted Cruz would have the advantage.

Texas’ Republican primary for U.S. Senate is close — and could be headed for a July 31 runoff — with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst holding a single-digit lead over former Solicitor General Ted Cruz, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll.

Dewhurst had the support of 40 percent of likely voters, followed by Cruz at 31 percent. Former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert had 17 percent and broadcaster and former football player Craig James was at 4 percent, with five other GOP candidates bringing up the rear.

Daron Shaw, a UT-Austin government professor and co-director of the poll, said Cruz has been able to position himself to the right of the lieutenant governor for a May 29 Republican primary where that’s a big advantage — and he’s done that in a year in which insurgent candidates have been scoring big

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“If they’re in a runoff, Dewhurst is in trouble,” Shaw said.

If Ted Cruz wins, this will be another defeat at for the GOP elites.

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12 Responses to “Ted Cruz closing the Gap in Texas Senate Primary”
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  1. huckfunn
    1 | May 21, 2012 7:17 pm

    Cruz is the real deal and is the Tea Party pick. Dewhurst is the establishment RINO. The ad wars down here are merciless, mean and nasty. Primary is May 29. GO TED!


  2. 2 | May 21, 2012 7:50 pm

    The so-called “Texas Conservative Review” sent me junk mail on this one (I always get Houston-themed GOP mail). That’s really just Gary Polland. The TCR supported Dewhurst.

    The TCR does, yes, represent what is now the elite of the Houston GOP. Gary Polland was considered the anti-RINO in his day (the 1990s). Back then, George W Bush really was the conservative choice in that state. Times have changed; that part of the GOP fears it’s no longer “their turn to eat”.

    To be fair, Polland / TCR is not always wrong even today. When the mayoral race came down to Annise Parker (white lesbian) against Gene Locke (black guy), the TCR supported the former. Parker had been in office for decades as Treasurer and was fiscally-conservative. Locke put out an ad that Parker was weak on crime, showcasing a huge TEH SCARY pic of a criminal cradling a pistol… who looked like Eminem (the “criminal”, not the gun). That told me that Locke was the one who is unserious about who does the crime in Houston. It also told me that Locke was a gun grabber.

    Some social conservative groups went for Locke -- because they think that homosexuality is more of an existential threat than letting Houston go Detroit. Point for the TCR for supporting the real conservative in that race.

    But that’s when it comes down to liberal versus worse-liberal.

    In conservative versus better-conservative, I’m not sure I can trust Polland and the TCR. Polland’s tenure was 1998-2002. That was the Bush era. In the TCR I see an ad right here for Ruben Monzon, where he’s shaking Bush’s hand. The TCR = Bush.

    And Dewhurst = Bush.


  3. huckfunn
    3 | May 21, 2012 8:00 pm

    Zimriel wrote:

    And Dewhurst = Bush.

    You got that right.


  4. 4 | May 21, 2012 10:30 pm

    @ Zimriel:
    @ huckfunn:

    Dewhurst = Bush = Karl Rove.


  5. 5 | May 21, 2012 10:30 pm

    @ Zimriel:

    But that’s when it comes down to liberal versus worse-liberal.

    Sounds like Romney vs. Obama!


  6. mfhorn
    6 | May 21, 2012 11:15 pm

    A loss for the Republican ‘establishment’ is a win for America.


  7. 7 | May 29, 2012 7:25 pm

    This is a dead thread, so please don’t ban me for posting here. [hi Ace & Pixy, lulz]

    I need to add, here, that I got this PDF mailer from Houston Realty Business Coalition. (right-click to d/l)

    They’re accusing Gary Polland of trading endorsements for cash -- in Harris County, anyway. He’d never dream of accepting bribes in a state-wide election of course.


  8. snowcrash
    8 | May 29, 2012 8:29 pm

    Have to jump in here on the Ted Cruz thread. Go Ted. If anyone watched the Belo debates back in April they will know that Cruz has a superior mind and political values that are Tea Party endorsed, in other words he isn’t afraid to say he supports cuts in various entitlement programs and big budget items. I think he also has the endorsement of Jim DeMint and the radio host Mark Levin. Dewhurst was totally unimpressive during the debates. Think Rick Perry with a stutter. He would not address the lobbyist money he has taken during his campaign but rather said they were donations from business people and leaders he works with. I mean DUH!He wasn’t pressed on the issues. I am sick of people being bought and sold by special interests before they even get to Washington. Ted just has to keep Dewhurst under 50%. Fingers crossed. I voted this am and turnout was reported as”light”. Don’t know who that traditionally favors.


  9. snowcrash
    9 | May 29, 2012 8:32 pm

    Here is a good link for Republican Primary results
    http://enr.sos.state.tx.us/enr/results/may29_160_state.htm?x=0&y=84&id=664


  10. huckfunn
    10 | May 29, 2012 8:41 pm

    @ snowcrash:
    Hey Snowcrash. Good to see you. I’ve been on the phone for a good part of the day cheering for Cruz. I’d love to see him win it hands down, but a runoff will do.


  11. snowcrash
    11 | May 29, 2012 8:59 pm

    @ huckfunn:
    Love to see Ted win it outright if only to prevent more months of Dewhurst campaign ads. He spent $12 mil on a primary. Very ugly campaign.


  12. mfhorn
    12 | May 29, 2012 10:06 pm

    Dewhurst currently up by a bit over 16%.


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