Ted Cruz wins – another Palin endorsement pays off

Ted Cruz wins Republican runoff for Texas Senate seat

Former state solicitor general Ted Cruz, a tea party-aligned conservative once regarded as a long-shot candidate, has won the Republican runoff in Texas, where he will be the GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate in the November election. The Associated Press has called the race for Cruz over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Cruz will be a heavy favorite over Democratic nominee Paul Sadler, who also won a runoff on Tuesday.

Cruz, an emerging conservative star whose father emigrated to the United States from Cuba, has drawn comparisons to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and has been lauded by national conservative political pundits and groups for over a year. His victory is a major blow to the Republican establishment in Texas, which lined up squarely behind Dewhurst. It’s also a victory for the tea party and national conservatives who lined up behind Cruz even when a surprise win appeared unlikely.

Cruz’s win is a remarkable political feat and arguably the Senate upset of the cycle. In early 2011, when Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison announced her intention to retire, observers regarded Dewhurst as a virtual shoo-in to take her place in the upper chamber. Dewhurst is very well-known in Texas, enjoys immense personal wealth, and enlisted the help of Gov. Rick Perry’s top political hands. Perry endorsed Dewhurst during the campaign.

But in a multiple-candidate primary election that also included former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert on May 29, Dewhurst was unable to cross the crucial 50 percent threshold, managing just 45 percent of the vote to Cruz’s 34 percent.

Once the two-month overtime period was triggered, Cruz seized on new momentum. He outraised Dewhurst 3-1 in the first third of July and brought in an impressive cast of national conservative stars to stump with him during the closing weekend of the campaign. Sarah Palin and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who both endorsed Cruz’s candidacy, campaigned for him Friday in the Houston area.

This being Texas, Ted Cruz is virtually guaranteed to be the next senator from the Lone Star State.

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53 Responses to Ted Cruz wins – another Palin endorsement pays off

  1. myiq2xu says:

    I wish Sarah would endorse me for something.

  2. And another sign of just how ticked off the people are. Does not bode well for Obama.

  3. votermom says:

    From LI – Ted Cruz has ChickFil-A at victory party. 🙂


  4. DM says:

    Just wow! And endorsement from Palin is unbeatable.

  5. DM says:

    Romney would be a fool and deserves to lose if he doesn’t make nice with SP.

  6. myiq2xu says:

    Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren is copping out of her claim that Wall Street executives are supporting her because she’ll “save capitalism,” saying she made a “silly” gaffe.

    “I passed along a comment that was over the top, and it was silly for me to do so,” she told the Herald at a Somerville campaign stop.

    Warren had boasted to the National Journal that Wall Street executives have told her: “I want to support your campaign because you will save capitalism.”

    • DM says:

      I like E. Warren, but she made a mistake when she palled around with Obama.

    • elliesmom says:

      Asking her to speak at the convention just before Bill Clinton means that Obama won’t be able to walk “You didn’t build that” back. Brown has a commercial that’s a mash-up of Warren and Obama that’s right on the mark. Brown is also picking up endorsements from old-time Democrats like former Mayor of Boston, Ray Flynn.

  7. GAgal says:

    Well…. it’s about time the “Tea Party” and Sarah Palin endorsed a gay candidate. Glad he won. Hope he loses.

    • DM says:

      The Weekly Standard still could not bring itself to give all the credit to Bill Clinton. The magazine refused to pick up the most used unemployment number, an average of 4% in 2000. Instead, the article uses the number that includes the underemployed, 7.3

      Bill Clinton left office with 7.3 percent of American workers seeking full-time work or too discouraged to bother looking for jobs; now almost 15 percent of all workers desperately seek full time work.

  8. OMG, people, you have got to read this! http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/312830/culture-does-matter-mitt-romney

    Part of the Romney offensive!

    • DM says:

      The obots wailed like a banshee when Hillary pointed out that Obama was not a strong candidate.

      The realization should be emerging that Obama was not really that strong in 2008, when he massively outspent a disadvantaged opponent. And he is even weaker now — despite an early and significant spending advantage — when he will be unable to financially overwhelm a stronger opponent.

  9. myiq2xu says:

    Oh, cool! The Elf Girls are on.

  10. DM says:

    It’s time to start guessing who Romney will pick for VP.
    I’m guessing Jindal

    • DandyTiger says:

      I think he’s got FL and VA, so it won’t be guys from those states. I think Ohio is the risk and key. It will be Portman. Yes, a real snooze, but that’s my guess right now.

      • DM says:

        I think he wants to unite the Republican Party, and he’ll pick a far right VP. The risky choice would be Rubio, but Romney doesn’t like to risk.

        • DandyTiger says:

          Agree. Either Rubio or any of the women in contention would be damn cool and would be really exciting. Sadly I think the risk factor for any might be a bit much for Romney. I think he can win playing it safe, esp. if he can help with Ohio, so he probably will.

          If he were 10 points down like McCain was at this point, he’d have to do something big. I think he’ll take a safe choice instead, and probably someone he really wants to work closely with.

  11. DandyTiger says:

    Good for Palin. And suck it Darth Cheney.

    And yes, those girls are definitely elves. I have it on good authority. True story.

  12. myiq2xu says:

    Man Law – Baseball Fan Rules #27

    If you are sitting behind the backstop and the batter fouls one off the screen and you flinch, the guy sitting next to you gets to punch you in the arm as hard as he wants.

  13. myiq2xu says:

    How does a balding, middle-aged guy get a nickname like “Rowdy?”

  14. myiq2xu says:

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