Ted Cruz wins the Texas Senate Primary over David Dewhurst.
In a away, it’s the typical Tea Party story: An outsider who has never run for office before is about to beat the guy with tons of money and the backing of the state’s party establishment. If Ted Cruz wins today’s Texas Senate GOP primary runoff against Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst — and polling suggests he will — it’ll be one of the biggest Tea Party upsets yet, considering that Dewhurst isn’t even a moderate. But it’s not as simple as the grass roots versus the establishment. If Cruz wins, he’ll have national conservative groups to thank, who made his race their No. 1 priority.
Tea party-backed Ted Cruz has defeated Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.
The former state solicitor general won the runoff Tuesday. He'd lost the May 29 primary by a large margin but forced the runoff because Dewhurst fell short of a majority. Cruz advances to the November election to succeed retiring Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Cruz painted Dewhurst as a timid career politician too willing to compromise with Democrats.
The race was seen as a national test of the tea party's influence.
DeMint, Lee, Paul, Cruz, Johnson, Mourdock, Flake, sometimes Coburn, Toomey, Rubio - that's ten, people.