Cruz wins Senate runoff with Dewhurst

The Hill:
Former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz (R) has won the state's Senate primary runoff election, all but guaranteeing him a spot in the upper chamber and giving the Tea Party one of its biggest victories of the election cycle.

Cruz led Texas Lieutenant Gov. David Dewhurst (R) by 54 percent to 46 percent, with 21 percent of precincts reporting. The Associated Press has called the race.
His win will go down as one of the Tea Party’s biggest win of the year, alongside Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock’s (R) primary win over Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) in May. It also will add another hard-line conservative to the Senate, whose voting record is likely to dovetail with those endorsed him: Sens. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) and Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).

Cruz is considered a lock in the general election: The state leans heavily to the GOP and Democrats failed to recruit a serious candidate for the seat.
It is a remarkable performance by Cruz who ran a very active campaign.  He created buzz early in the race and managed to make Tea Party events all over the state.  Dewhurst generally shunned those events and it eventually cost him.  Cruz should be a strong advocate for conservatism.  He may have to take some of his sharp edges off to persuade fellow senators but I think he is up to the job.


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