Open thread: The Texas GOP senate primary; Update: Romney clinches nomination; Update: Cruz forces runoff with Dewhurst

posted at 7:23 pm on May 29, 2012 by Allahpundit

Polls close at 8 p.m. ET. Three things to watch tonight. One: Texas is going to put Romney over the top in delegates so we may get a formal victory speech from Mitt. If so, that’ll be a high-profile media-rich chance to move the spotlight away from Trump and back to his attacks on Obama’s public-equity record. Two: The One might have another long, awkward night ahead thanks once again to John Wolfe, the same Democratic longshot who made O’s spin doctors sweat before the Arkansas Democratic primary. WaPo thinks Obama will actually do better with Texas Democrats than he did in Arkansas and West Virginia — follow the last link for reasons why — but we’ll see.

Three, the main event: Establishment fave David Dewhurst vs. tea-party all-star Ted Cruz for the GOP Senate nomination. Cruz trails by double digits in all of PPP’s polling, but he doesn’t have to win tonight. All he has to do is combine with Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert to deny Dewhurst a majority, which will force a runoff on July 31. Between the (likely) lower turnout for that vote, the explosion in spending on Cruz’s behalf that’s sure to come if he hangs on tonight, and the migration — hopefully — of most of Leppert’s support to Cruz, the tea partier stands a chance of winning that race. (Expect an explosion of spending from Dewhurst too, of course. He’s already spent $12 million of his own money on the race.)

Problem is, per PPP’s last poll, Dewhurst stands at 46 percent. Can Cruz hold him under 50? Roll Call wonders if Cruz will even hold off Leppert:

Although Dewhurst and Cruz are expected to finish one-two, voters have been turned off by the constant sniping between them and the mostly negative attack ads that are running targeting each of the candidates. Some Texas Republicans say this unhappiness offers former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert an outside shot at displacing Cruz and proceeding to a runoff. Leppert has generally been running third, but he was buoyed by the outcome of Nebraska’s GOP Senate primary.

In that contest, state Sen. Deb Fischer won after surging from third to first in the final weeks to upset frontrunner Jon Bruning and tea party favorite Don Stenberg. Nebraska Republicans turned to Fischer as an alternative to Bruning and Stenberg, who along with their supporters engaged in a bitter, negative campaign.

The Leppert campaign, well-funded and considered strong in his Dallas-Fort Worth home base, was “cautiously optimistic” heading into primary day.

“Leppert comes across as a grown-up, and he doesn’t seem angry,” the unaligned Texas GOP insider said, explaining the candidate’s appeal.

PPP had Cruz over Leppert 29/15 in their last poll so the risk of a Fischer-esque ending here seems small, especially since the Dewhurst/Cruz battle has attracted marquee Republican names. Perry and Mike Huckabee are for DD, Sarah Palin is for TC. Perry doubtless would love to see his guy clinch tonight to ease the sting of Romney clinching the presidential nomination on his home turf. Here’s the Texas Secretary of State’s page for Republican primary results, and here’s the Democratic page in case you want to keep an eye on how O’s faring. Stand by for updates.

Update: Mitt Romney is now officially your Republican nominee for president.

Update: Close but no cigar for Dewhurst. The runoff is set for July 31.


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Potential runoff in SD25. Wentworth 36. Ames 34

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 9:32 PM

I hope so. Wentworth needs to go either way, but of his two challengers I liked Elizabeth Ames Jones better. She impressed me when she started in a certain other Senate race being voted over tonight (although I was a Cruz supporter then too, and was actually relieved when she switched races.)

Gingotts on May 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Mitt Romney is now officially your Republican nominee for president.

Mark Levin hardest hit.

NickDeringer on May 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Just in!

NBC News projects that Mitt Romney will win the Texas GOP primary, giving him enough delegates required for nomination – @NBCNews

Romney: I am honored that Americans across the country have given their support to my candidacy and I am humbled to have won enough delegates to become the Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee – statement via @NBCNews

Submitted 5 mins ago by editor

http://www.breakingnews.com/

canopfor on May 29, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Does this mean the brokered convention is off?

Nicole Coulter on May 29, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Mark Levin hardest hit.

NickDeringer on May 29, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Followed by the commenters who were saying in early April that Santorum needed to stay in so Mitt would have an excuse for pulling less than 50% of the vote in the remaining primaries in the Southern states.

alchemist19 on May 29, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Does this mean the brokered convention is off?

Nicole Coulter on May 29, 2012 at 9:41 PM

It was never ‘on’. Go Mitt!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Potential runoff in SD25. Wentworth 36. Ames 34

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Sweet!

bluemarlin on May 29, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Phlegmatic, the douche nozzle, to make some original comment in 5..4..3..

The War Planner on May 29, 2012 at 9:43 PM

So far the last PPP poll has been accurate. Hope it ends up perfect.

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 9:44 PM

I think Dewhurst will grab the nomination tonight.

joana on May 29, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Based on what?

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Yay! Now we can really start to rally to our nominee (warts and all, and there are many mind you).

SouthernGent on May 29, 2012 at 9:47 PM

Does this mean the brokered convention is off?

Nicole Coulter on May 29, 2012 at 9:41 PM

Yes, and since Mitt (That’s the House, I’m running for the Senate) Romney is now the Official Candidate I will NOW Support him Fully and Whole Heartedly.

January 20 2013 – The End Of An Error!

jaydee_007 on May 29, 2012 at 9:48 PM

I think Dewhurst will grab the nomination tonight.

joana on May 29, 2012 at 9:45 PM

And that would probably make you orgasmic.
Keep Dewhurst below 50. Go Cruz!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 9:49 PM

So far the last PPP poll has been accurate. Hope it ends up perfect.

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 9:44 PM

I hope Cruz outperforms it. Having it end up perfect only further’s PPPs gambit of running accurate polls on primaries and close to election day and using that record to justify the ridiculously leftist narrative-creators that they produce for Kos.

Gingotts on May 29, 2012 at 9:50 PM

It’s March 4, 2008 again. My God, history does repeat itself.

Dongemaharu on May 29, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Go Romney!

I was definitely NOT on team Mitt to begin with, but he has been smart and hitting hard the last few weeks. I love the “policy of abundance.” I hope he pounds that theme home by November. I get the impression that Romney is not flashy, but he is relentless. I am starting to see what some of y’all have seen in him. I can honestly say I was proud to cast my primary vote for Romney today.

Actually, Dems have done quite a bit to convince me to like him as well. I hope he is the frothing-at-the-mouth, rabid conservative and cut-throat, heartless, bastard capitalist that Obama keeps trying to portray him as.

bitsy on May 29, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Keep Dewhurst below 50. Go Cruz!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 9:49 PM

DITTO!

jaydee_007 on May 29, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Update: Mitt Romney is now officially your Republican nominee for president.

OK then…

… take off the Mittens!

Seven Percent Solution on May 29, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Oh My Goodness. I just looked at the Sec. State site for the Dems and I did not realize that a certain Domingo Garcia was running for Congress in District 33 and is currently in 2nd place. Lord help us if he gets in. He gives buffoons a bad name.

txmomof6 on May 29, 2012 at 9:53 PM

Based on what?

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Because there are still plenty of rural precincts to come in and Cruz has been weak out of the suburbs and the southern counties.

joana on May 29, 2012 at 9:53 PM

I think Dewhurst will grab the nomination tonight.

joana on May 29, 2012 at 9:45 PM

And that would probably make you orgasmic.
Keep Dewhurst below 50. Go Cruz!

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Huh? Not really. I’ve been supporting Cruz since very early. I cant’ stand Dewhurst, he’s like a Texan Charlie Crist.

joana on May 29, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Originally I was a fan of Cruz…….

And can’t stand Dewhurst (Cornyn establishment pick) but now I’m not that crazy about Ted.

Still better than Dewhurst though.

PappyD61 on May 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

I live in a rural county and Cruz has 65%. Not really enough votes to matter tho. The questin is how many votes are in all the rural counties? Far west Tx is probably Dewhurst fer sure.

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM

It’s still way too early to draw any conclusions, but how is Eddie Bernice Johnson running away with it? How does that corrupt piece of worm-ridden filth keep winning elections?

stvnscott on May 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM

I live an hour east of the TX/NM border.
Cruz did lousy here.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

The answer is her less than brilliant guvment luvin constituents.

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 10:04 PM

I cast my vote for Romney during early voting here. He wasn’t my guy in the early stages of the primary, but he is my guy now. I put the decal on the car today. Let’s win this thing!

XWing5 on May 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

joana on May 29, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Well. since earlier today you referred to liberal republican Chris Christie as America’s ‘most conservative governor’-I kinda just assumed…

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

It’s still way too early to draw any conclusions, but how is Eddie Bernice Johnson running away with it? How does that corrupt piece of worm-ridden filth keep winning elections?

stvnscott on May 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Probably the same way Sheila Jackson Lee does.

TxAnn56 on May 29, 2012 at 10:06 PM

XWing5 on May 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

I’m ordering some stuff tomorrow.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 10:06 PM

I read that Leppert has conceded in his race for Senate.

bluefox on May 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM

It’s still way too early to draw any conclusions, but how is Eddie Bernice Johnson running away with it? How does that corrupt piece of worm-ridden filth keep winning elections?

stvnscott on May 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Minority majority district. 40% black, 40% hispanic. Blacks are the clear majority of the Dem primary electorate. Traditionally, African-Americans voters don’t care much for ethics issues from their representatives and are very loyal to incumbents.

That’s why CBC members are disproportionately involved in ethics and corruption scandals. Their voters don’t hold them accountable.

joana on May 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Well. since earlier today you referred to liberal republican Chris Christie as America’s ‘most conservative governor’-I kinda just assumed…

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Only the crazy thinks Christie is a liberal republican.

joana on May 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM

annoyinglittletwerp 10:03

Not a surprise but that part of Texas isn’t loaded with votes for anyone.

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM

stvnscott on May 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Gerrymandering and redistricting. Same with Dame Sheila Jackson Lee.

Yellowdog12 on May 29, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Well. since earlier today you referred to liberal republican Chris Christie as America’s ‘most conservative governor’-I kinda just assumed…

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Joana is the RINO’s RINO.

bw222 on May 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM

I said it last year, before it began. Mitt Romney is the only qualified person in this race, and he will be the next president.

Chudi on May 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Joana is the RINO’s RINO.

bw222 on May 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM

I find it highly unlikely that it is even in name.

besser tot als rot on May 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Only the crazy thinks Christie is a liberal republican.

joana on May 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Then I guess this site-and Ace’s -are loaded with crazies.
More conservative than: Perry, Jindal, Walker,O’Connell, Falin, Haley, Martinez etc
Not. A. Chance.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM

At 9:09 CT with 14% in:

David Dewhurst 287969 47% Ted Cruz 184443 30% Tom Leppert 89043 15%

bluefox on May 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Chudi on May 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM

Rick Perry’s racist rock sends you hugs and kisses.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Only the crazy thinks Christie is a liberal conservative republican.

joana on May 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Once you get away from fiscal matters and being pro-life, Christie is moderate to liberal on everything else and while he rants about unions, he is not as fiscal conservative as he is portrayed.

Nothing could dampen grass roots enthusiasm for Romney more than “New Jersey Fats” as his running mate.

bw222 on May 29, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Only the crazy thinks Christie is a liberal republican.

joana on May 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Then I guess this site-and Ace’s -are loaded with crazies.
More conservative than: Perry, Jindal, Walker,O’Connell, Falin, Haley, Martinez etc
Not. A. Chance.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 10:11 PM

Yeps.

Conservative to me is not holding public prayers or accomplishing little with a 2/3s conservative majorities in the legislature.

joana on May 29, 2012 at 10:14 PM

14%, that’s ALL?

Jesus! Where is Lyndon Baines Johnson when you need him?!

victor82 on May 29, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Looks like Ciro the Zero is going up against Canseco again in CD 23

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Real Texans like me know that TX has two time zones. If you play your cards right you can do lunch in both on the same day and have two lunches. Or dinners.

SparkPlug on May 29, 2012 at 8:58 PM

…and Chris Cristie is from New Jersey?

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM

stvnscott on May 29, 2012 at 10:00 PM

Probably the same way Sheila Jackson Lee does.

TxAnn56 on May 29, 2012 at 10:06 PM

EBJ has more history than Jackson-Lee. That district was created for EBJ. She can win it after death.

And whats wrong with Domingo. Dallas needs a trifecta of dem nincompoops to represent her; EBJ, John Wiley Price and Domingo Garcia.

cozmo on May 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Once you get away from fiscal matters and being pro-life, Christie is moderate to liberal on everything else and while he rants about unions, he is not as fiscal conservative as he is portrayed.

Nothing could dampen grass roots enthusiasm for Romney more than “New Jersey Fats” as his running mate.

bw222 on May 29, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Those are the same folks who would call Romney a “liberal republican” and were swearing his ceiling was 25% just a few months ago.

Basically, talk-radio freaks who are biased against East Coast conservatives and especially guys who don’t talk a lot about God and Gays.

Nobody cares. Bunch of know-nothings that make a lot of noise.

joana on May 29, 2012 at 10:16 PM

21% 47/31…

As of now I am skipping the Pres. in Nov… If I would vote for Mitt then I would of gone ahead and voted for Dewhurst…. Heck… Dewhurst has a better record then Mittens… Unless u put donkey blinders on…

Y314K on May 29, 2012 at 10:17 PM

I said it last year, before it began. Mitt Romney is the only qualified person in this race, and he will be the next president.

Chudi on May 29, 2012 at 10:09 PM

I love you unconditionally, hugs and kisses friend.

tom daschle concerned on May 29, 2012 at 10:17 PM

joana on May 29, 2012 at 10:16 PM

i’m a huge Mitt supporter now-but christie is too cozy w/radical islam. He called patriots who opposed the GZM…crazies. I already know you agree with him-so save it.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 10:18 PM

If Cruz hangs on to force a runoff Mike Huckabee is going to look like a fool. Maybe the Huckster never heard of Palin Power.

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Chudi is in the house…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM

go mitt!
im on board now!

ted c on May 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Chudi is in the house…

OmahaConservative on May 29, 2012 at 10:20 PM

The smell gave him away.

cozmo on May 29, 2012 at 10:21 PM

Update: Mitt Romney is now officially your Republican nominee for president

….Ohhhhhhhhh?…and after all those months and months of krap!…NOW!…blue gill decides to take a nap!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM

If Cruz hangs on to force a runoff Mike Huckabee is going to look like a fool. Maybe the Huckster never heard of PalinPeople Power.

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 10:18 PM

They were predicting a run-off situation before Palin endorsed.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 10:23 PM

Mitt Romney is now officially your Republican nominee for president.

Whoop-de-freaking do.

Sekhmet on May 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Mitt Romney is now officially your Republican nominee for president.

Fair enough.

Now let’s put him in the WH, keep beating his @ss to the right, and dump the worst president in everyone here’s lifetime.

Tim_CA on May 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM

And whats wrong with Domingo. Dallas needs a trifecta of dem nincompoops to represent her; EBJ, John Wiley Price and Domingo Garcia.

cozmo on May 29, 2012 at 10:15 PM

DG is worse than a nincompoop. He made his money the old fashioned way, representing illegals and ripping them off to feather his nest.

txmomof6 on May 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Basically, talk-radio freaks who are biased against East Coast conservatives and especially guys who don’t talk a lot about God and Gays.

joana on May 29, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Actually, Christie refers to God fairly regularly. He also sends his kids to Catholic schools.

bw222 on May 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM

If Cruz hangs on to force a runoff Mike Huckabee is going to look like a fool. Maybe the Huckster never heard of Palin Power.

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 10:18 PM

Huckabee backed Dewhurst? Oh thank God, now I feel far better. He couldn’t pick a winner at Finger Lakes with a Grey’s Sports Almanac from the future. His endorsement didn’t do squat for Beth Anne Rankin in his own state.

Gingotts on May 29, 2012 at 10:25 PM

Yer right but Huckabee is still gonna look like a fool

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 10:25 PM


i’m a huge Mitt supporter now-but christie is too cozy w/radical islam. He called patriots who opposed the GZM…crazies. I already know you agree with him-so save it.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 10:18 PM

No, he called people who opposed the nomination of a conservative judge because he’s a Muslim crazy. And well, that’s what they are.

joana on May 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Are the Texas Democrats having a presidential primary? If so, does anyone have the results — to see if “uncommitted” or a felon have garnered significant vote totals???

Mutnodjmet on May 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Gingotts

Dew hurst spent millions on tv ads featuring the Huckster.

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 10:29 PM

DG is worse than a nincompoop. He made his money the old fashioned way, representing illegals and ripping them off to feather his nest.

txmomof6 on May 29, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Whats your point?

It could have been worse, there are plenty of Medranos that wanted that seat.

cozmo on May 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Voted for Cruz in early voting but it wouldn’t break my heart if Dewhurst won, either one would be a significant improvement over Kay Barely Republican. I thought it odd that Bachmann was on the ballot but Perry wasn’t.

kg598301 on May 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM

joana on May 29, 2012 at 10:26 PM

It was a judge with known ties to radical islam-and he said the same thing about people like me who opposed the mosque.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM

….Ohhhhhhhhh?…and after all those months and months of krap!…NOW!…blue gill decides to take a nap!!!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 10:22 PM

She may have gotten so excited that she spontaneously combusted.

alchemist19 on May 29, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Well, just got done with my part being the GOP judge in a heavily Democrat precinct. Now it’s time for BBQ, barley pop, and looking at results.

Sekhmet on May 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Mutnodjmet on May 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM

Zippy is holding at 88%. So much for the so-called Texas conservative Democrats. My guess ius that the majority of the Obama vote is either black or Hispanic.

bw222 on May 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Fox News just called the Texas Senate race as a runoff!!

dforston on May 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM

Are the Texas Democrats having a presidential primary? If so, does anyone have the results — to see if “uncommitted” or a felon have garnered significant vote totals???

Mutnodjmet on May 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM

The felon has about 10%. By felon, I mean the other felon besides Obama.

TxAnn56 on May 29, 2012 at 10:36 PM

kg598301 on May 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I am not a fan of KBH, but c’mon, she replaced Lloyd Bentson (after Krueger kept the seat warm while Bentsen went to work for Clinton). She was a vast improvement for the time. She didn’t equal Phill Gramm or John Tower, but she took the seat from an LBJ lib.

cozmo on May 29, 2012 at 10:36 PM

32% 47/32 Pick up of 1% by Cruz…

Y314K on May 29, 2012 at 10:36 PM

It was a judge with known ties to radical islam-and he said the same thing about people like me who opposed the mosque.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM

I don’t think he said. Even though people who think there should be laws forbidding the mosque from being built are crazy too.

And the judge doesn’t have any ties to radical Islam. Of course, most people claiming that believe every Muslim is radical and an extremist and the man is a Muslim, so…

joana on May 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM

On Greta’s show?

PatrickHenry599 on May 29, 2012 at 10:38 PM

Zippy is holding at 88%. So much for the so-called Texas conservative Democrats. My guess ius that the majority of the Obama vote is either black or Hispanic.

bw222 on May 29, 2012 at 10:34 PM

For not a lot happening, I sure saw a lot of Democrat interest in this primary here in the Peepul’s Republik of Austin. Veiled references to some kind of phone call a lot of Democrats got. My guess is, the 0butthead campaign is calling all the SEIU clowns to be sure their god-king doesn’t have another West Virginia.

Sekhmet on May 29, 2012 at 10:38 PM

I thought it odd that Bachmann was on the ballot but Perry wasn’t.

kg598301 on May 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM

That was intentional. It would have looked bad for the real possibility that Perry would have won. Disregard chupi’s outburst over this, but it could have happened.

cozmo on May 29, 2012 at 10:39 PM

Are the Texas Democrats having a presidential primary? If so, does anyone have the results — to see if “uncommitted” or a felon have garnered significant vote totals???

Mutnodjmet on May 29, 2012 at 10:28 PM

With 29% reported, Zero has 88% of the vote.

stvnscott on May 29, 2012 at 10:39 PM

It’s a runoff. Dewhurst would need to take 50%+25k votes, 5 points above his current level. Cruz has done a lot better with today’s voters.

joana on May 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM

cozmo on May 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Not sure what a Medrano is, but DG would give Sheila Jackson Lee and Chuck Schumer a run for their money when it comes to being a camera hog with a low IQ. Of course he would fit right in in the modern Dem party.

txmomof6 on May 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM

Fox News just called the Texas Senate race as a runoff!!

dforston on May 29, 2012 at 10:35 PM

That cannot Joana said Dewhurst would win. Joana knows everything. Just ask her.

bw222 on May 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM

every Muslim is radical and an extremist and the man is a Muslim, so…

joana on May 29, 2012 at 10:37 PM

I used to live in a very muslim neighborhood of Chicago. Most of them ARE extreme and radical.

annoyinglittletwerp on May 29, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Conservadems have become rare in Texas. This isn’t West Virginia or Southern states who still have all those Blue Dogs and Yellow Dogs and a locally powerful Democrat Party.

Texas’ Democrats are a coalition of minorities and liberal whites. Yellow Dogs jumped ship a few decades ago – think Rick Perry. They stopped being competitive at statewide level since the early 90s.

joana on May 29, 2012 at 10:43 PM

kg598301 on May 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM

I am not a fan of KBH, but c’mon, she replaced Lloyd Bentson (after Krueger kept the seat warm while Bentsen went to work for Clinton). She was a vast improvement for the time. She didn’t equal Phill Gramm or John Tower, but she took the seat from an LBJ lib.

cozmo on May 29, 2012 at 10:36 PM

OK I’ll take your word for it, I wasn’t too involved with politics at that time. Check out her stats on Pig Book sometime though, you’ll be astounded.

kg598301 on May 29, 2012 at 10:44 PM

That cannot Joana said Dewhurst would win. Joana knows everything. Just ask her.

bw222 on May 29, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Geez dude, chill out. I said I thought he would. It was a projection looking at the patterns till that moment. I never said I was sure of anything; I didn’t even do any math. The fact that early voters were disproportionately for Dewhurst threw me off a bit, but it was always going to be close.

joana on May 29, 2012 at 10:46 PM

AP has a Cruz/Dewhurst runoff up.

lizzie beth on May 29, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Not sure what a Medrano is…

txmomof6 on May 29, 2012 at 10:40 PM

You are able to draw conclusions about Domingo but don’t know about the Dallas lefty Medrano family political dynasty?

The Medrano’s are almost single handedly responsible for taking DISD from the model the rest of the country followed to the cesspool that it is today.

Garcia is a poser compared to the Medrano’s when it comes to sponging off their Hispanic brethren.

cozmo on May 29, 2012 at 10:46 PM

Update: Mitt Romney is now officially your Republican nominee for president.

on behalf of the LGBT community THANK YOU Republicans for not nominating one of the “severely” anti-gay candidates like Bachmann, Santorum, Perry, Gingrich etc. although Willard is still pretty homophobic thank you sincerely for not giving those other bigots the national platform to spew their hate or the opportunity to be our President!

Now on behalf of the hispanic community, you nominated the biggest nativist/xenophobe and we hate him so say goodbye to Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Virginia and your shot at the presidency!

DBear on May 29, 2012 at 10:47 PM

I thought it odd that Bachmann was on the ballot but Perry wasn’t.

kg598301 on May 29, 2012 at 10:30 PM

That was intentional. It would have looked bad for the real possibility that Perry would have won. Disregard chupi’s outburst over this, but it could have happened.

cozmo on May 29, 2012 at 10:39 PM

I don’t think I could have resisted voting for him, my ownself. :D

kg598301 on May 29, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Update: Mitt Romney is now officially your Republican nominee for president.

the left has won. our country is done for.

renalin on May 29, 2012 at 10:48 PM

cozmo on May 29, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I am not drawing conclusions based on anything about Garcia that I have not observed personally.

txmomof6 on May 29, 2012 at 10:49 PM

DBear on May 29, 2012 at 10:47 PM

Did someone just fart?

Sekhmet on May 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Cruz is doing better with today’s vote than the early vote count. Dewhurst is doing worse.

bw222 on May 29, 2012 at 10:50 PM

Check out her stats on Pig Book sometime though, you’ll be astounded.

kg598301 on May 29, 2012 at 10:44 PM

Nope, not astounded. I know her record well.

It would have been nice for her to retire long ago, but she did take the Bensten seat. That is a big positive on her balance sheet.

cozmo on May 29, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Now on behalf of the hispanic community, you nominated the biggest nativist/xenophobe and we hate him so say goodbye to Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Virginia and your shot at the presidency!

DBear on May 29, 2012 at 10:47 PM

¿Por que los démocratas son tan racistas?

Don’t you understand how racist it is your pretense that you have some authority to speak on behalf of millions of Hispanic individuals or that all of them form any type of cohesive and single-minded group?

joana on May 29, 2012 at 10:54 PM

KBH was better than Bentsen. Dewhurst is probably better than KBH. Cruz is by far better than any or all of them on their best day. We should be shooting for the best here, and that’s why Cruz pulling a runoff is great news.

Of course for him to win the runoff will mean taking some 86% of the remaining voters. That’s going to be a challenge, even with another two months to work with, and Dewhurst has shown that he’ll get nasty when he’s desperate. This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.

Gingotts on May 29, 2012 at 10:55 PM

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