Oh my: Ted Cruz now leads Dewhurst by five points in Texas senate primary

posted at 6:21 pm on July 12, 2012 by Allahpundit

The campaigns’ internal polls are, unsurprisingly, contradictory. Dewhurst’s has him up eight points, Cruz’s has him up nine. We need an impartial pollster (impartial as regards this race, at least) to settle this.

Advantage: Cruz.

This race is one of the most stark examples of the Tea Party movement propelling a candidate that we’ve seen to date. 40% of voters identify themselves as members of that movement and Cruz has a 71-26 advantage with them. Dewhurst leads 57-34 with non-Tea Partiers, and they are 50% of the electorate, but it’s not nearly enough to drown out Cruz’s advantage with that group.

Texas is also an exceptionally rare state where Hispanic voters might be the difference maker in a Republican primary. Cruz has a 78-19 advantage with them…

The large name recognition advantage Dewhurst has enjoyed throughout the campaign has pretty much disappeared. 85% of runoff voters have an opinion about him, and Cruz is not far behind at 81%. We frequently found in our earlier polling that Cruz was winning with voters who knew him, but that he was losing overall because of the name recognition gap. That’s not a problem anymore. Cruz’s net favorability of +31 (56/25) is better than Dewhurst’s +19 (52/33). Since our final pre primary poll Cruz’s net fav has improved by 25 points, while Dewhurst’s has declined by 17.

Weigel makes a good point that Cruz has benefited tremendously from the shifting timetable of the election. Look again at the parity in those name-recognition numbers. If the primary had been held four and a half months ago, as was originally scheduled, the gap would have been huge and Cruz probably would have been dead in the water. As it is, behold the key data point:

That’s a lot of enthusiasm. His support among Hispanic Republicans is remarkable too, so much so that I’d bet if he pulls the upset and eventually moves on to the Senate, the media’s new favorite storyline will be “Is Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio the great Latino hope for Republicans?” That’s unfair to both of them, but if the press wants to run free ads for the GOP about two terrifically charismatic young conservative pols who happen to belong to an increasingly coveted demographic, I ain’t going to stop ‘em.

Exit question: If Cruz wins, is this the biggest tea-party victory yet? Arguably Mike Lee’s and Richard Mourdock’s wins are bigger because each came at the expense of a longtime Senate incumbent, but Cruz defeating the preferred candidate of Rick Perry and the Texas GOP establishment in the most famously conservative state in America would be epic.

Update: And here comes the Club for Growth with a $1.5 million ad buy attacking Dewhurst three weeks out from election day.


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A lot remains to be seen here with this race.

TX-96 on July 12, 2012 at 6:24 PM

That’s some STRONG TEA!!!

portlandon on July 12, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Suhweet.

Ca97 on July 12, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Awesome. Go Cruz!!

eyedoc on July 12, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Excellent.

GOPRanknFile on July 12, 2012 at 6:25 PM

I heard an ad from Dewhurst today that is absolutely as low as a snake could sink. Basically stating Ted Cruz is a mole for the Chinese government. Mr Dewhurst, are you so ridiculous as to not know how that turns off people?

EARLY VOTING July 23-30. Cruz is going to CRUSH HIM.

Marcus on July 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Who is the likely Dem nominee or do they already have 1 and does than person stand a snow ball’s chance in this race? (I hope not.)

gsherin on July 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

I normally don’t like identity politics, but having a Hispanic Senator in the biggest red state in the country, which also happens to be home to many Hispanics is huge.

GOPRanknFile on July 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Texans don’t sleep when it comes to politics, time to dump the establishment and send a message.

HookEm.

hillsoftx on July 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

‘Cuda Power

Stu Gotts on July 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

The GOP would be complete idiots to let an opportunity like this slip through their fingers so they can back a worthless Kay Bailey Hutchinson clone like Dewhurst.

The Democrats are scared to death of conservative Latinos that destroy the MSM meme that Republicans are racists.

BradTank on July 12, 2012 at 6:28 PM

Who is the likely Dem nominee or do they already have 1 and does than person stand a snow ball’s chance in this race? (I hope not.)

gsherin on July 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Runoff between Paul Sadler and Grady Yarbrough. As you can imagine, the runoff between Cruz and Dewhurst is basically the general election.

GOPRanknFile on July 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Reports of the death of the Tea Party have been greatly exaggerated.

This must scare the bejeebers out of the 0bama campaign and the democrat party.

jukin3 on July 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Excellent.

Nor surprised about the “Very excited” figure for Cruz.

Hopefully this will be another kick in the groin the the GOP establishment.

CorporatePiggy on July 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Cruz also benefitted from some key endorsements- including Palin:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/OTUS/ted-cruz-us-senate-candidate-texas-reports-bounce/story?id=16322111

Hm.

cs89 on July 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

…but…butt the Tea Party is dead! That was soooooo 2010!
They died! …mmm…mmm…m’member?

KOOLAID2 on July 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Go Cruz.

BuckeyeSam on July 12, 2012 at 6:31 PM

Exit question: If Cruz wins, is this the biggest tea-party victory yet? Arguably Mike Lee’s and Richard Mourdock’s wins are bigger because each came at the expense of a longtime Senate incumbent, but Cruz defeating the preferred candidate of Rick Perry and the Texas GOP establishment in the most famously conservative state in America would be epic.

Cruz would probably be the biggest thus far. Although Texas is a very conservative state and thus a haven for Tea Partiers, so should we really be shocked at this “upset”?

Personally, my biggest Tea Party surprise remains Joe Miller in the Alaska Senate primary in 2010. Granted he did go on to lose the general election thanks in no small part to the GOP power brokers screwing him over and you could also argue that his primary win was due more to Palin power than the Tea Party(although they’re almost one and the same these days), but seriously, who ever saw that one coming?

Doughboy on July 12, 2012 at 6:32 PM

OT: Drudge reporting “surprise front-runner” emerging for Mitt’s VP…developing…roh-roh Scooby.

hillsoftx on July 12, 2012 at 6:34 PM

GOPRanknFile on July 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Good, we need the Senate back bad and we already have Scott Brown vs. that 1 idiot woman and the seat in Maine that’s probably a lost cause thanks to the weasel Snowe leaving.

gsherin on July 12, 2012 at 6:35 PM

OT: Drudge reporting “surprise front-runner” emerging for Mitt’s VP…developing…roh-roh Scooby.

hillsoftx on July 12, 2012 at 6:34 PM

Hmmm….

Nope. Really can’t think of any surprises that would make me happy.

ElectricPhase on July 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

OT:ROMNEY NARROWS VP CHOICES; SURPRISE NAME EMERGES AS FRONTRUNNER
via drudge

hmmmmmmmmmmm

cmsinaz on July 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

ElectricPhase on July 12, 2012 at 6:36 PM

jinx

cmsinaz on July 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

I heard an ad from Dewhurst today that is absolutely as low as a snake could sink. Basically stating Ted Cruz is a mole for the Chinese government. Mr Dewhurst, are you so ridiculous as to not know how that turns off people?

EARLY VOTING July 23-30. Cruz is going to CRUSH HIM.

Marcus on July 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

I heard that ad, too. I think during Rush’s show. It smacked of desperation.

Doughboy on July 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

‘Cuda Power

Stu Gotts on July 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

…nahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!…she always comes in at the last minute!…she always waits until it’s obvious that a candidate is going to win!…it hurts the candidate to get her endorsement!…her husband was saying stuff about Newty and look how Newt crashed and burned!…Ohhhhhh the Witch O’Donnell! Ohhhhhhhhhh! etc. etc. Palin died before the Tea Party did!
Palin’s farming astroturf!
Yahda…Yahda! Quit bringing up her name and get over her!
(:-0)

KOOLAID2 on July 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

So I guess PPP is cool now, at least for a few minutes here.

Mark1971 on July 12, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Dewhurst’s anti-Cruz commercials are PATHETIC!!!!

Dewhurst candidate has nothing good to say about himself or his own record as qualification for the office he seeks (Senator), only negative connotations INFERRED from an out of context form, then relies on a triangle diagram to “connect the dots” with te”DC”ruz: “DefendChina” final shot — you might ask, WTF?!!!!

ok, Dewhurst cried, “I’m the only one with Secret Service experience!”

which explains

maverick muse on July 12, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Dewhurst is the guy disappearing his old pro-amnesty speeches from his website, if I remember correctly.

I don’t think most Texans like the attitude nor the disappearing, combine them and they are toxic to a candidate.

ajacksonian on July 12, 2012 at 6:40 PM

GOPRanknFile on July 12, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Good, we need the Senate back bad and we already have Scott Brown vs. that 1 idiot woman and the seat in Maine that’s probably a lost cause thanks to the weasel Snowe leaving.

gsherin on July 12, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Yup. I think the seats in FL, MT, MO, NE, and ND are will turn red. Hopefully George Allen will win in VA and I’m crossing my fingers for Heather Wilson in NM. Also, Tommy Thompson (if he gets the nomination) has an excellent chance of winning in WI. The Senate outlook for us looks good. Like you said, we’re going to lose ME and Brown is in for a real battle in MA.

GOPRanknFile on July 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

OT:ROMNEY NARROWS VP CHOICES; SURPRISE NAME EMERGES AS FRONTRUNNER
via drudge

hmmmmmmmmmmm

cmsinaz on July 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Surprise name? What would one consider a surprise? Certainly not Portman. Maybe Christie? Jindal?

Doughboy on July 12, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Hopefully this will be another kick in the groin the the GOP establishment.

CorporatePiggy on July 12, 2012 at 6:30 PM

Must we go over this yet again?

The GOP Establishment does not exist and they did not coronate Mit Romney who is also not a part of the GOP Establishment because that does not exist.

Now let’s just forget that we didn’t even have this discussion. Who?

sartana on July 12, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Yup. I think the seats in FL, MT, MO, NE, and ND are will turn red

GOPRanknFile on July 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I heard an ad from Dewhurst today that is absolutely as low as a snake could sink. Basically stating Ted Cruz is a mole for the Chinese government. Mr Dewhurst, are you so ridiculous as to not know how that turns off people?

EARLY VOTING July 23-30. Cruz is going to CRUSH HIM.

Marcus on July 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Did you hear the parody Michael Berry did of one of the Dewhurst ads?

batterup on July 12, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Doughboy on July 12, 2012 at 6:42 PM

hope we hear soon….

cmsinaz on July 12, 2012 at 6:45 PM

GOPRanknFile on July 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

I’m in OH and Sherrod Brown is vulnerable. He’s as far a left hack as you get.

gsherin on July 12, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Dewhurst’s anti-Cruz commercials are PATHETIC!!!!

maverick muse on July 12, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Amen to that! You can smell the desperation through the TV screen when those come on, and I for one am sick and tired of ‘em. Go Cruz!

AndStatistics on July 12, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Cuda Power Lives on.

Cuda comes from Barracuda.

Baracuda is Sarah Palin.

SparkPlug on July 12, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Early voting for the runoff starts on the 23rd. I’ll be voting Cruz that day. Darth Dewhurst has been running some untrue and disgusting ads, and the more I hear them the more fired up I am about pulling the trigger for Cruz.

golfer1 on July 12, 2012 at 6:47 PM

When it was Cruz’s internal it was something.

Even PPP, wow.

HookEm.

hillsoftx on July 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Gig ‘em.

cozmo on July 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

ROMNEY NARROWS VP CHOICES; SURPRISE NAME EMERGES AS FRONTRUNNER

Could it be Dave?

SparkPlug on July 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Choose the most conservative candidate who is realistically electable on a state by state basis. Since this is Texas…well yeah.

Brown is in for a real battle in MA.

GOPRanknFile on July 12, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Yeah, my election night wishlist goes something like this:

1. Romney beats Obama.
2. GOP holds House.
3. GOP takes Senate.
4. Scott Brown beats Van Jones’ “special project” in Taxachusetts.

There might actually be an on air suicide at MSNBC.

LukeinNE on July 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Palin has the best timing and shrewdest judgement of anyone in the GOP today.

In FL-7, Sandy Adams is facing off against John Mica, Establishment Candidate of the Bushtard wing of the Party, in a dogfight.

Palin just endorsed Adams today, just weeks before the August primary.

Cruz is going to put this thing away before the Convention, adding to Palin’s luster.

victor82 on July 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I haven’t followed this race too closely and am probably missing a lot of data. But why is Cruz a tea-party favorite here?

What little research I’ve done – and I’ll admit it’s little – Cruz & Dewhurst have very similar conservative positions. And with a casual glance I like Dewhurst’s resume better – significant private sector & public sector experience vs Cruz who’s basically just been a gov’t lawyer.

Is Dewhurst a big corruptocrat or something? Not trying to be a moby here – are there any good sites or articles that go into the race in more detail? Thanks in advance.

beancounter on July 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

I’m in OH and Sherrod Brown is vulnerable. He’s as far a left hack as you get.

gsherin on July 12, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Yeah I really want Brown to go down and I really like Mandel, but I haven’t seen much positive movement for Mandel in the recent polls. Let’s hope that changes. The most recent polls have Brown +16, +7, +5, and +14 respectively.

GOPRanknFile on July 12, 2012 at 6:50 PM

…nahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!…she always comes in at the last minute!…

KOOLAID2 on July 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

At this point who cares. If Palinistas want to take credit, let them.

It will be Cruz holding the office.

cozmo on July 12, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Yeah, my election night wishlist goes something like this:

1. Romney beats Obama.
2. GOP holds House.
3. GOP takes Senate.
4. Scott Brown beats Van Jones’ “special project” in Taxachusetts.

There might actually be an on air suicide at MSNBC.

LukeinNE on July 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Humpbot Heaven.

GOPRanknFile on July 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM

What? Say that again Carville, Pelosi, et al. The TP is on the decline? “They don’t know us very well do they?”, Mel Blanc (paraphrased) as bugs bunny.

jake49 on July 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Texas is also an exceptionally rare state where Hispanic voters might be the difference maker in a Republican primary. Cruz has a 78-19 advantage with them…

Palin/Cruz 2016?

davidk on July 12, 2012 at 6:51 PM

OT:ROMNEY NARROWS VP CHOICES; SURPRISE NAME EMERGES AS FRONTRUNNER
via drudge

hmmmmmmmmmmm

cmsinaz on July 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Romney is choosing Lisa Murkowski as his VP!!!!

portlandon on July 12, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Palin has the best timing and shrewdest judgement of anyone in the GOP today.

Cruz is going to put this thing away before the Convention, adding to Palin’s luster.

victor82 on July 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

You got that right victor82. I agree (:

SparkPlug on July 12, 2012 at 6:53 PM

A surprise means its not Portman or Pawlenty, which is good enough for me….almost.
I still contend its Condi. That’s why Rush floated it with his ”Condi for V.P.?” headline.
There is no way they don’t run it by Rush to insure four months of great conservative press.

AmeriCuda on July 12, 2012 at 6:53 PM

cmsinaz on July 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Romney is choosing Lisa Murkowski as his VP!!!!

portlandon on July 12, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Please. I implore you. Don’t even joke about that. That is too damn scary to contemplate.

SparkPlug on July 12, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Oh my: Ted Cruz now leads Dewhurst by five points in Texas senate primary

**sniff** Not tears. Allergies, dammit!

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 12, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Sarah Palin’s convictions are smaller government, lower taxes, strong military and energy independence.

We trust her to only endorse candidates that have the same principles.

Any whacked out socialist liberal, dem or rino, need not apply.

That is why many of us pay attention when she endorses a
candidate, then do our own research and contribute if we agree
with the candidate’s platform.

Amjean on July 12, 2012 at 6:57 PM

…nahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!…she always comes in at the last minute!…she always waits until it’s obvious that a candidate is going to win!…it hurts the candidate to get her endorsement!…her husband was saying stuff about Newty and look how Newt crashed and burned!…Ohhhhhh the Witch O’Donnell! Ohhhhhhhhhh! etc. etc. Palin died before the Tea Party did!
Palin’s farming astroturf!
Yahda…Yahda! Quit bringing up her name and get over her!
(:-0)

KOOLAID2 on July 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

PALIN! PALIN! PALIN! PALIN! PALIN!

TheAlamos on July 12, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I heard an ad from Dewhurst today that is absolutely as low as a snake could sink. Basically stating Ted Cruz is a mole for the Chinese government. Mr Dewhurst, are you so ridiculous as to not know how that turns off people?

EARLY VOTING July 23-30. Cruz is going to CRUSH HIM.

Marcus on July 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Yes, and he’s running this ad non-stop on every conservative radio program in the state. He is clearly desperate, having to go full Obama on Cruz instead of running on his own record.

I’ve known Dewhurst for over 20 years, and he’s a very decent guy, but these particular ads make him look small and petty and argue a lack of wit which I find appalling in someone of his caliber. He, like Obama, is bringing down the high and respected office he holds — Lt. Governor, and the most powerful office in Texas — via campaign tactics of this sort.

TXUS on July 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM

The campaigns’ internal polls are, unsurprisingly, contradictory less than useless.

FIFY

squint on July 12, 2012 at 6:58 PM

portlandon on July 12, 2012 at 6:53 PM

*vomit*

i’m thinking maybe ayotte????

cmsinaz on July 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Yahda…Yahda! Quit bringing up her name and get over her!
(:-0)

KOOLAID2 on July 12, 2012 at 6:38 PM

KOOLAID1, KOOLAID2, … ETC. DIED WHEN OPRAH’S SHOW DIED.

TheAlamos on July 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

PBS hosted their debate weeks ago. Cruz’ presentation was exactly what you’d hope for from a constitutional defense attorney who’s argued and WON SCOTUS cases. I’ll be honest, Cruz’ performance was SO GREAT in debate, I had to tell myself not to look the gift horse in the mouth.

TED CRUZ wiped the floor with Dewhurst who lamely tried to regurgitate impromptu Cruz’ perfected lines, looking absolutely PATHETIC throughout the debate.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Dewhurst wimps out from the agreed upon 2nd debate, doing a no-show forfeit.

Between the two candidates, only “teDCruz” will effectively argue in Washington “DC” on the Senate floor, and more importantly, in committees etc. in the winning BRILLIANT style that absolutely convinces his audience with logic, not teflon slick cotton candy.

Pray to God his convictions are real and don’t go by the wayside in Washington.

maverick muse on July 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

I think the biggest tea-party victory was Ron Johnson of Wisconsin.

By all accounts, he was not active in politic until the tea party movement. And now he’s Senator, having beaten a liberal favorite.

The other Republican candidates were fairly weak, so in this case, without Johnson and the Tea Party, the Democrats would hold this seat.

Mister Mets on July 12, 2012 at 7:01 PM

As a native born Texan, imprisoned in California by family chains, I wholeheartedly support Cruz, including with California dollars. I had the good fortune to encounter Cruz in my work before I retired. He is the real deal: conservative, intelligent, articulate, and energetic. America’s conservative movement will take a significant step forward if he gets to the senate.

GaltBlvnAtty on July 12, 2012 at 7:03 PM

I’m voting for Cruz and have been a backer from the start. I do not trust Dewhurst because of the whole Texas Speaker of the House scam. Dewhurst just wouldn’t listen. In fac he wouldn’t even take my call to his office in the lead up.
But I can’t say that I’m “excited” about Cruz. Plenty of politicians have flat out lied about being Tea Party supporters. I’ll vote for Cruz and watch him closely.
The best thing about a Cruz win would be the message sent to Cronyn.
I want Cronyn out.

Pecos on July 12, 2012 at 7:05 PM

I normally don’t like identity politics, but having a Hispanic Senator in the biggest red state in the country, which also happens to be home to many Hispanics is huge.

GOPRanknFile on July 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

It also exposes some of the leftist myths that the media likes to put forward. Most Hispanics here are of Mexican, and to a lesser extent, also, Nicaraguan or El Salvadoran descent. There aren’t many Cubans here. But the non Cuban Hispanics in the state are lining up to vote for Ted Cruz. Tell me Hispanics if you talk to them like Mitt did yesterday to the NAACP about opportunity & values for all won’t respond, they will. You just have to go there and do it and not play the left’s game.

If he wins, the seat is his. The Dems are barely even putting up a candidate. Their first choice, Gen. Sanchez, backed out.

I can’t wait to vote, and have been a volunteer for the campaign since last year. (I’m also partially Hispanic of a non Cuban variety.)

lizzie beth on July 12, 2012 at 7:05 PM

My first vote as a newly minted Texan (by choice) is gonna be for Cruz.

KCB on July 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Thank you again Sarah!!!!!
‘cuda is the BEST!
Go Cruz GO!
by the way,
DUMP MITTENS AND OBAMA 2012!

Pragmatic on July 12, 2012 at 7:08 PM

Romney is choosing Lisa Murkowski as his VP!!!!

portlandon on July 12, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Please. I implore you. Don’t even joke about that. That is too damn scary to contemplate.

SparkPlug on July 12, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Little Bammie is more likely to choose Murky than Governor Romney is.

slickwillie2001 on July 12, 2012 at 7:09 PM

beancounter on July 12, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Dewhurst is establishment. Also, the utterly despicable ads he’s been running against Cruz are, well, despicable. And false. He’s driving people away. When this started, I was half-dozen of one to six of the other, but the lying vitriol Dewhurst kept spewing turned me off of him, and the more I looked at Cruz, the more I like him.

AndStatistics on July 12, 2012 at 7:10 PM

cmsinaz on July 12, 2012 at 6:37 PM
Romney is choosing Lisa Murkowski as his VP!!!!

portlandon on July 12, 2012 at 6:53 PM
Please. I implore you. Don’t even joke about that. That is too damn scary to contemplate.

SparkPlug on July 12, 2012 at 6:54 PM

but, knowing what we know about mittens milquetoast, it is quite possible that he would do this! he has been emboldened by his now-compatriot in all things ‘progressive’…Justice Roberts.

Pragmatic on July 12, 2012 at 7:11 PM

I hope this is for real and that it holds up through election night. What I can’t help noticing is what a dead ringer Cruz is for Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts–like long lost twins.

stukinIL4now on July 12, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Now let’s just forget that we didn’t even have this discussion. Who?

sartana on July 12, 2012 at 6:43 PM

By Republican Establishment I meant Ron Paul.

Because his conspiracy with Romney is why Romney is the nominee.

Don’t underestimate Herr Doktor.

CorporatePiggy on July 12, 2012 at 7:15 PM

HookEm.

hillsoftx on July 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Gig ‘em.

cozmo on July 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Noodle’em.

CorporatePiggy on July 12, 2012 at 7:17 PM

PBS hosted their debate weeks ago. Cruz’ presentation was exactly what you’d hope for from a constitutional defense attorney who’s argued and WON SCOTUS cases. I’ll be honest, Cruz’ performance was SO GREAT in debate, I had to tell myself not to look the gift horse in the mouth.

TED CRUZ wiped the floor with Dewhurst who lamely tried to regurgitate impromptu Cruz’ perfected lines, looking absolutely PATHETIC throughout the debate.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Dewhurst wimps out from the agreed upon 2nd debate, doing a no-show forfeit.

Between the two candidates, only “teDCruz” will effectively argue in Washington “DC” on the Senate floor, and more importantly, in committees etc. in the winning BRILLIANT style that absolutely convinces his audience with logic, not teflon slick cotton candy.

Pray to God his convictions are real and don’t go by the wayside in Washington.

maverick muse on July 12, 2012 at 6:59 PM

Indeed, Cruz, a former college debate team leader, decimated Dewhurst in that debate as he will his opponents in the Senate.

Why is it that both Cruz and Rubio are so able to articulate conservatism and conservative policy so well and so much better than most of their Anglo colleagues? Easy, their parents came from Cuba, and these positions are so internalized within them, so unlike many of the rest of us who grew up here in the land of plenty, they don’t even have to think about what to say or how to say it.

To have these two in the Senate at the same time is going to change that institution and our R leadership for the better, and for years to come.

And, BTW, Cruz’ convictions are without question, and real.

TXUS on July 12, 2012 at 7:18 PM

AndStatistics on July 12, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Thanks.

beancounter on July 12, 2012 at 7:20 PM

HookEm.

hillsoftx on July 12, 2012 at 6:27 PM

Gig ‘em.

cozmo on July 12, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Oh, lets go for the trifecta. Wreck ‘em! (No, I don’t go to Tech. I just thought somebody should say it).

AndStatistics on July 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Im voting for Cruz. These Dewhurst ads are assinine and Ted will do a fantastic job.

neyney on July 12, 2012 at 7:22 PM

Cruz will be getting my vote, Dewhurst is an elitist moderate that has been in office for too long. Cruz voters are much more motivated than the typical GOP crowd; its our chance to show the GOP machine that we are tired of what they are serving.

burserker on July 12, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Thank you again Sarah!!!!!
‘cuda is the BEST!
Go Cruz GO!
by the way,
DUMP MITTENS AND OBAMA 2012!

Pragmatic on July 12, 2012 at 7:08 PM

*in my best Dalek voice* IRRELEVANT!!

TBinSTL on July 12, 2012 at 7:24 PM

beancounter on July 12, 2012 at 7:20 PM

My pleasure. If his ridiculous ads hadn’t made me so upset with him, I’d feel sorry – it really is a case of Dewhurst shooting himself in the foot, at least from where I’m standing. If he’d kept to issues he might be doing much better today.

AndStatistics on July 12, 2012 at 7:25 PM

Dewhurst’s anti-Cruz commercials are PATHETIC!!!!

maverick muse on July 12, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Amen to that! You can smell the desperation through the TV screen when those come on, and I for one am sick and tired of ‘em. Go Cruz!

AndStatistics on July 12, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Amen, again! I haven’t had the opportunity to watch the race closely, but I’m absolutely sick of Dewhurst’s anti-Cruz ads. They make me distrust Dewhurst.

Count me as a low-information voter on this particular race, but at this point my inclination is to vote for Cruz.

obladioblada on July 12, 2012 at 7:33 PM

Dewhurst: Cruzin’ for a brusin’ . . .

BigAlSouth on July 12, 2012 at 7:42 PM

O/T ROMNEY NARROWS VP CHOICES; CONDI EMERGES AS FRONTRUNNER

per Drudge via Mark Levin

bluefox on July 12, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Glad to see my fellow Texans are tired of squishy craptastic ‘moderates’.

Now if we just had a conservative to vote for in the Presidential race, we might be able to actually be excited about the prospects.

Midas on July 12, 2012 at 7:50 PM

My first vote as a newly minted Texan (by choice) is gonna be for Cruz.

KCB on July 12, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Welcome to the Lone Star State! The last, best hope for free men should the world go dark.

squint on July 12, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Um why would it be the biggest? We here in Texas always have out-of-the-MSM-box candidates. Texans are a genus, not a flavor of the month.

Limerick on July 12, 2012 at 8:02 PM

but Cruz defeating the preferred candidate of Rick Perry and the Texas GOP establishment

This isn’t entirely fair. If Cruz wins, Perry still has Dewhurst as Lt. Gov. Dewhurst must be twisting arms hard, too. Perry, and now 18 out of 19 Texas state senators have endorsed him. If his tv ads are any indication, he must be playing dirty. Really dirty.

parteagirl on July 12, 2012 at 8:14 PM

EARLY VOTING July 23-30. Cruz is going to CRUSH HIM.

Marcus on July 12, 2012 at 6:26 PM

Actually, there’s no weekend voting this time. Early voting is Monday-Friday July 23-27, and election day is Tuesday July 31.

parteagirl on July 12, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Cruz looks to cruise.

Bazinga!

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on July 12, 2012 at 8:26 PM

…I like never using a sarc / tag…and the reactions to a comment! (:->)

KOOLAID2 on July 12, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Bleed is voting for Cruz

Bleed_thelizard on July 12, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Wait… there must be some mistake…..

The Tea Party is over and Sarah Palin is irrelevant.

Right. Maybe in the left’s alternative universe but not, apparently, in the good State of Texas.

IndieDogg on July 12, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Club for Growth is on both TV and radio for Cruz here in Texas btw. The radio ad is similar to the linked TV ad.

WannabeAnglican on July 12, 2012 at 8:40 PM

If he wins she’s 3 for 3 + she endorsed early on 2 + Her endorsement moved #s. This has been a horrible year for PDS sufferers and if Cruz wins I would hate to be a hater. Her 15 minutes has ended up being a nightmare for the haters.

BoxHead1 on July 12, 2012 at 8:53 PM

The Obamacare ruling has dialed this race up to 11. Tea partiers know the stakes.

scrubjay on July 12, 2012 at 8:54 PM

Her 15 minutes has ended up being a 4 year nightmare for the haters.

BoxHead1 on July 12, 2012 at 8:55 PM

If 2010 was a wave, then 2012 will be a tsunami…

Cruuuuuuuuuuuuz!

Common Sense Floridian on July 12, 2012 at 9:09 PM

We need an impartial pollster (impartial as regards this race, at least) to settle this.

PPP’s first poll of the Texas Senate runoff finds Ted Cruz with a surprising 49-44 lead and a much more enthusiastic cadre of supporters than former front runner David Dewhurst.

scrubjay on July 12, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Little Bammie is more likely to choose Murky than Governor Romney is.

slickwillie2001 on July 12, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Yeah, but one of the problems with Romney is that the chance he might pick Murkowski is a non-zero number.

trigon on July 12, 2012 at 9:45 PM

Tea Party’s dead.

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Sorry, I just had to do that.

98ZJUSMC on July 12, 2012 at 9:48 PM

I’d bet if he pulls the upset and eventually moves on to the Senate

Few who live here in Texas would consider this an upset at this point in time. Dewhurst is a bit of a RINO and the extra time we’ve had to decide this has made a big difference. There was just a small amount of worry that he might not make the runoff in a huge field but once he did, it was his race to lose.

slug on July 12, 2012 at 9:48 PM

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