On Tuesday night, former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz forced Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst into a run off election set for July 31st, when he successfully gained 40% of the vote, while keeping Dewhurst from going above 47%.
It is not an outright win, but is a small victory as Dewhurst, the establishment candidate, was expected to win and go on to the general election. Cruz, who is the Tea Party candidate, got endorsements from many national conservatives, including Sarah Palin, presidential candidate Ron Paul and former presidential candidate Rick Santorum.
As in 2010, the Tea Party is making it’s voice known. Ousting the more well-known and well-funded candidates.
In the senate primary, only real chance at taking the nomination was to win outright among the group that ran in the primary. It is very unlikely that he can win against Ted Cruz, since Cruz’s support has been gaining and will continue to grow as they head into the run off.
Also much like 2010, the American public are saying that they will not take any more establishment Republicans. And will instead put in the lesser known people that they prefer. Principle over party is becoming a big thing in this election.
I feel safe in saying that Cruz will very easily win the run off against Dewhurst. It will most likely not fall below a 5% gap between the contenders.
- Ted Cruz forces runoff against David Dewhurst in Texas Senate race (thehill.com)
- Texas GOP Senate Primary Heads For Runoff (outsidethebeltway.com)