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Tea party Republican Ted Cruz wins Texas Senate primary

WASHINGTON — In a long-shot victory that could help define the conservative tilt of the Senate, tea-party-backed Ted Cruz defeated an establishment Republican on Tuesday in the hard-fought GOP primary runoff in Texas.

The outcome is not expected to tip the balance of power in the Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats; the Texas seat being vacated is already held by a Republican.

But Cruz's win over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst provides another example of the tea party movement's influence on voters and turnout — even for a candidate who has never held elected office.

"It's been fascinating to watch," said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, who holds the state's other Senate seat and runs the GOP campaign arm in the Senate. He called Cruz's ascent "well-earned," adding, "Part of what it says is people are mad atWashington, D.C. They're mad at what they perceive to be the establishment. And they want some change."

No shortage of heavy-hitting surrogates threw their political might behind the two candidates in a costly showdown. More than $40 million was spent, including $14 million from outside groups, according to records compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics.

Sarah Palin rallied over the weekend for Cruz; Gov. Rick Perry spent one of the last days alongside Dewhurst.

Cruz will face Democrat Paul Sadler, a former state representative, in November, but is expected to have the advantage in the Republican-leaning state.

The seat was opened by the upcoming retirement of Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Dewhurst, who has been the state's lieutenant governor since 2003, became the early favorite.

But enthusiasm from national tea party groups propelled Cruz's feisty campaign, and he forced the runoff after Dewhurst failed to win 50% of the vote in the spring primary.

The son of a Cuban immigrant, Cruz, 41, is far from the Washington outsider his upstart candidacy might convey — a point the Dewhurst campaign tried to amplify as outside polls showed Cruz making gains.

The state's former solicitor general, Cruz is a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School. He became the first Latino to clerk for a chief justice of the Supreme Court before working for the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department and the 2000 GOP presidential ticket of George W. Bushand Dick Cheney. More recently he has been in private practice in Houston, where he lives with his wife and two daughters.

His arrival in the Senate would bolster the tea party flank, which could emerge from the fall election as a growing force in the chamber even if Republicans fail to net the handful of seats needed to wrest the majority from Democrats this fall.

Tea-party-aligned Richard Mourdock in Indiana had already ousted a longtime Republican senator in that state's primary. Conservative stalwart Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) championed that campaign as well as Cruz's.

Stuart Rothenberg, editor of the nonpartisan Rothenberg Political Report, wrote Tuesday that the Texas candidates held few ideological differences — both want small government and have traditional values.

"The difference between the two men is simple: Cruz is not willing to compromise even if it means being irrelevant to the legislative process," Rothenberg wrote.

A wealthy businessman, Dewhurst poured $11 million from his own fortune into the race, but that was matched by outside groups seeking to influence the outcome.

The conservative Club for Growth spent more than $5 million against Dewhurst, and the Texas Conservatives Fund spent as much against Cruz, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

"The false narrative continues to be written that the tea party is dead," said Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express. "But the tea party is alive and ready to own 2012







HELL YEH . . . .Ted Cruz my new Senator from the state of Texas











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Added: Aug-1-2012 Occurred On: Aug-1-2012
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  • The conservative good ol' boy left wing establishment is getting ass raped. DemocrRat parasites are fucked.

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  • Common sense... Obama is about to be bitch slapped in the November election...

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  • To those of you who might wonder why we live in Texas:

    Please note that Texas is the only state with a legal right to secede
    from the Union . (Reference the Texas-American Annexation Treaty of
    1848.)

    We Texans love y'all, but we'll probably have to take action if Barack
    Obama wins the election. We'll miss you too.

    Here is what could happen:

    1: Barack Hussein Obama is President of the United States, and Texas
    secedes from the Union in summer of 2013.

    2: George W. Bush will become the Preside More..

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  • Texas TEA Party ROCKS!

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  • You know what goes good with TEA? A chicken sandwich.

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  • Wait, The tea party is dead. Ok someone is telling lies, I wonder who.

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  • heheeheh look forward to the next.. Democratic senator from texas..

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  • interesting, i wanna see what he does as a senator

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    • @IIVXTII well we'll see what happens im not holding my breath for ANYONE in politics man

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  • Black Gold -Texas TEA.

    Jed never saw it coming.

    Let a new era begin.

    Suck on that.

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  • Tongueboy you are a useless coward who blocks me after I kicked your ass in a argument. Then you thumb me down at every corner , punk little socialist bitch you are. I pray to God there is no way you are capable of procreation, for societies sake.

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  • Fuck yeah!

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  • how do those tea party BALLS taste down your throat, democrats!?

    HAHHAHAHA!!

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  • Another Koch bought election. How proud he must feel.

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  • Picking off a couple of Senators each cycle makes the Tea Party one of the predominant forces in American politics. Any other interpretation is just wishful thinking.

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  • ahh Texas where intelligence goes to die

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    • @deznutts - here is one for you cretin , why do i see yankees plates everyday here in Houston

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    • @cremation Im just pointing out the obvious...you have the state board of Education trying to circumvent the Scientific Method by allowing Creationism to be taught in public schools, you have Rick Perry...nuff said and now this loon from a party that has zero credibility and/or platform is elected by the Peoples...its just obvious Texans arent too bright

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    • @cajunmojo The hookers are cheaper,since it's a right to work state.

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    • @Stoner_Simpson

      No that is what is said to rape victims at OWS. Whether you agree with the tea party or not, they are accomplishing things. Shall we go over the long list of people who have made it to congress? Who have beat out republican establishment? Keep marching on wall street and let us do our thing.

      OWS arrests over 5,000 now

      Tea Party arrests 0

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  • Congrats to Mr. Cruz on his win.

    Unfortunately, even many Republicans think the Tea Party candidates are too radical to be productive and therefore increases the chances for a Democrat to win the general election.

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