PPP: Cruz up 10 over Dewhurst

posted at 8:41 am on July 30, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The predicted tight race in the Republican runoff for the open US Senate seat in Texas may never appear.  According to a new PPP poll on the eve of the election, conservative favorite Ted Cruz has a ten-point lead over Lt. Governor David Dewhurst.  If Dewhurst is Texas toast, he can thank Texas tea:

PPP’s final poll of the Republican Senate runoff in Texas finds Ted Cruz opening up a 52-42 lead, an increase from our survey two weeks ago that found him ahead 49-44.

Cruz’s victory is driven by 4 things: the Tea Party, the enthusiasm of his supporters, a generational divide within the Texas Republican ranks, and the lack of regard the party base currently holds for Rick Perry.

Cruz is ahead by a whooping 75-22 margin with Tea Party  voters, more than making up for a 56-39 deficit to Dewhurst with voters who don’t consider themselves members of that movement. There has been too much of a tendency to ascribe any Republican primary upset over the last few years to Tea Party voters, but this is one case where it’s well justified.

Dewhurst wins among seniors by a healthy 17-point advantage, 56/39, but that’s where the good news ends.  Voter enthusiasm for Cruz is off the charts; he wins both the “very excited” group (by a whopping 30 points) and the “somewhat excited,” with a narrow 49/45 edge.  Cruz wins the other two age demos even more handily than Dewhurst wins seniors, with 18-45YOs breaking 60/33 to Cruz and 46-65YOs going 59/35 the same way.

If this holds up in tomorrow’s vote, it will leave a large amount of egg on Rick Perry’s face, while giving Sarah Palin yet another primary-fight triumph.  Perry endorsed Dewhurst, putting him at odds with the same Tea Party activists he tried to attract in the Republican presidential race.  Palin campaigned for Cruz, and the surge in Cruz’s standings will strengthen her influence within the GOP, at least in big Tea Party states.

If Cruz wins tomorrow’s runoff, he should handily win the open seat left by Kay Bailey Hutchison’s retirement.  In fact, Cruz’s strength among younger and more enthusiastic voters practically eliminates the one slim hope that Democrats had in this cycle to steal a Texas seat.


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Voter enthusiasm for Cruz is off the charts; he wins both the “very excited” group (by a whopping 30 points) and the “somewhat excited,” with a narrow 49/45 edge. Cruz wins the other two age demos even more handily than Dewhurst wins seniors, with 18-45YOs breaking 60/33 to Cruz and 46-65YOs going 59/35 the same way.

Hmm, second look at Rubio for VP?

Doughboy on July 30, 2012 at 8:43 AM

any guy named “ted c” has got to be good/

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 8:44 AM

W.O.W. Better than this Cruz-voting Texas expected.

WannabeAnglican on July 30, 2012 at 8:44 AM

this campaign has been hillary clinton ugly.

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 8:44 AM

*Texan* This news woke me up, but not completely it seems.

WannabeAnglican on July 30, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Yeah, ted c, Dewhurst has been getting in the gutter with lies and smears. Now we know why. He’s desperate.

WannabeAnglican on July 30, 2012 at 8:46 AM

Down goes another Establishment elephant!!

Bitter Clinger on July 30, 2012 at 8:46 AM

this campaign has been hillary clinton ugly.

ted c on July 30, 2012 at 8:44 AM

The campaign has had cankles?!

This has been one seriously ugly campaign. Cruz will get 2 votes from my household tomorrow.

stvnscott on July 30, 2012 at 8:49 AM

anyone have a good regional breakdown about where Cruz is strongest versus Dewhurst in Texas?

Robert_Paulson on July 30, 2012 at 8:50 AM

This just proves again the tea party and Sara Palin are irrelevant….. errrr never mind.

Skwor on July 30, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Palin campaigned for Cruz, and the surge in Cruz’s standings will strengthen her influence within the GOP, at least in big Tea Party states.

Just wait for the attacks on her from the GOP establishment…

the_nile on July 30, 2012 at 8:51 AM

If Dewhurst is Texas toast, he can thank Texas tea:


All Cruz Supporters are drunkards.

I’m David Dewhurst and I approve this message.

CorporatePiggy on July 30, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Voter enthusiasm for Cruz is off the charts.

And this is what will happen in 2012. There is no way barack’s party can come close to matching the enthusiasm that is out there to send him packing.

Rational Thought on July 30, 2012 at 8:52 AM

…this started my morning on a positive note…I love it when the people don’t do what the party dictates, unlike the drone democrats.

KOOLAID2 on July 30, 2012 at 8:52 AM

the one slim hope that Democrats had in this cycle to steal a Texas seat.

What? I couldn’t name the Democrat sacrificial lamb with a gun to my head. And I live here.

Marcus on July 30, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Good news for sure, but I think Mr. Morrissey is reading a little too much into it.

Perry will go back to being Perry and the TEA Party folks have had a platform since their inception.

Just from my own inquiries, a lot of folks are mad at Dewhurst and are motivated to punish him. People who didn’t vote in the primary are coming out to vote in the run off.

Lots of folks like to talk about dirty politics in Texas. Dewhurst will become the modern definition of that.

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Finally this is a story of surrogates and quite possibly a deep repudiationrefudiation of Rick Perry. By a 31/24 margin voters say they’re more likely to vote for a candidate backed by Sarah Palin, who gave her support to Cruz.

Rick “oops” Perrry.

the_nile on July 30, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Robert_Paulson on July 30, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Dewhurst made his money in the Houston area and that is his base of operations.

Cruz has worked the entire state. The support from Leppert (Dallas) and James (Dallas, Lubbock) does not look to have transferred to Dewhurst.

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 8:57 AM

the_nile on July 30, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Only in your wet dreams.

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Just wait for the attacks on her from the GOP establishment…

the_nile on July 30, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Dick Cheney already launched his.

Bitter Clinger on July 30, 2012 at 8:58 AM

***Texas election judge here***

One of the things you might hear reported is perhaps an unusual dropoff in runoff participation, especially on the Democrat side. Or perhaps they will “forget” the dropoff will be mainly among Democrats when reporting turnout. When I was the GOP judge in my precinct in Austin for the primary, I was expecting a lot of activity on the GOP side, and not so much on the Democrat side. We. Were. Effing. Slammed. And with a lot of Democrats. I heard burblings about phone calls and being sure one voted for 0bama in the primary. I have since had confirmed from two unrelated sources that emails and phone calls were going out post-West Virginia to Texas Democrats to come out in the primary for 0bama, mostly to be sure there wasn’t another WV for the campaign.

Unfortunately, 0bama is not having to run off with that guy in Huntsville—so I expect it to be slow tomorrow for the Democrats. But remember, you heard from your Auntie Sekhmet first—turnout may be reported as low, and why I said it was going to be low.

Sekhmet on July 30, 2012 at 8:58 AM

Rick “oops” Perrry.

the_nile on July 30, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Yep, here ya go..:)

“Another finding suggests former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has more clout among Texas Republicans than the state’s own governor. Likely runoff voters said they were were 31 percent more likely to vote for someone endorsed by Palin, while only 16 percent were more likely to cast a ballot for a candidate endorsed by Gov. Rick Perry, according to the poll. Another 35 percent said they were less likely to vote for a candidate endorsed by Perry.”

idesign on July 30, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Rick Perry is probably thinking about running for Govnah again, and he didn’t want another primary fight about it like Hutchison gave him. Dewhurst would be the likeliest source of a primary challenge in ’14. So Perry figures if he goes all out for Dewhurst in his Senate run, one of two things will happen: Dewhurst will win, become Senator, and have a new toy to play with instead of eying Perry’s office. Or Dewhurst will lose, it won’t be Perry’s fault, and Dewhurst would look like A Number One Backstabbing Bunghole if he turned around and challenged Perry.

Sekhmet on July 30, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Dick Cheney already launched his.

Bitter Clinger on July 30, 2012 at 8:58 AM

You dont say…

the_nile on July 30, 2012 at 9:02 AM

This just proves again the tea party and Sara Palin are irrelevant….. errrr never mind.

Skwor on July 30, 2012 at 8:50 AM

Tea party dead.

It dead.

-Blamestream® Zombies

98ZJUSMC on July 30, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Hmmm, I guess Palin had her “Sh*t kickin Boots on
Friday night.

ToddPA on July 30, 2012 at 9:06 AM

I’ll be glad when this is over. This is the worst gutter politicking I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, I’m sure Obama will take it to a new sub-basement level this fall.

tru2tx on July 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM

Yeeeesssss!!!!

Go out and VOTE, TEXANS!! Don’t take this for granted. It’s NOT in the bag. Vote vote vote.

Weight of Glory on July 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

Cruz-ing to a landslide victory, hook em’!

hillsoftx on July 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

how to eat an elephant, 1 bite at a time.

The really scary thing to ponder, when Tea Party and other small gov’t fiscal conservatives gain the edge over establishment types how many turncoats do you see going liberal to try and hold onto their sliver rather than evolve and join with us?

smitty41 on July 30, 2012 at 9:09 AM

Be careful what you wish for you “she should just be a kingmaker” RHINO establishment fancy pants!!!

tj4osu on July 30, 2012 at 9:09 AM

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 8:57 AM

thanks

Robert_Paulson on July 30, 2012 at 9:10 AM

In Dallas County, it appears to be neck and neck, but early voting shows several thousand more votes in the runoff than voted on May 29. It’s difficult to tell how these new voters are voting, but given what a turn off the nasty, negative Dewhurst commercials have been, it’s hard to believe they are Dewhurst voters. I’ll be thrilled if Cruz wins, especially if he wins Dallas County.

parteagirl on July 30, 2012 at 9:11 AM

I hope that after this Cruz-Dewhurst race is determined–and any other Senate primaries are determined–that Hot Air will begin with a post summarizing the upcoming 33 Senate races and the prospects for taking back the Senate. We see a lot about the Brown-Warren race, something about the FL race recently, something about McCaskill recently, reports about Mourdock’s win over Lugar in IN. But what about elsewhere? We need something pulling all the races together and then posts keeping us up to date from there.

BuckeyeSam on July 30, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Sekhmet on July 30, 2012 at 9:02 AM

Yet lots of folks will ignore that “spot on” report from folks with inside information and deny the obvious.

Dewhurst will be lucky if the voters forgive and forget. His brand will be damaged if he loses tomorrow. Perry, not so much. The big question for 2014 will be Abbott.

Feels pretty good to have as much power as a federal judge a couple times a year, doesn’t it.

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Yep, here ya go..:)

“Another finding suggests former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has more clout among Texas Republicans than the state’s own governor. Likely runoff voters said they were were 31 percent more likely to vote for someone endorsed by Palin, while only 16 percent were more likely to cast a ballot for a candidate endorsed by Gov. Rick Perry, according to the poll. Another 35 percent said they were less likely to vote for a candidate endorsed by Perry.”

idesign on July 30, 2012 at 9:01 AM

While we Texans thank the Gentlelady from A for her enthusiastic support of Ted Cruz-may we remind some of her…more worshipful supporters…that this is a CRUZ THREAD-NOT A PALIN THREAD. He was always the better candidate-and that wouldn’t have changed even if she hasn’t endorsed him.
Stay on topic.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Weight of Glory on July 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

I already votedd but since I’m fromer Chicago maybe I could vote again.
*I’m Kidding*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 30, 2012 at 9:16 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM

That’s okay ALyT. They must experience their Palin-power vicariously. Palin’s support is welcome, and she looks pretty good in boots. You can pat the one’s that think Palin walks on water on the head and say “bless your heart”. Then walk on with a knowing smile.

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 9:18 AM

While we Texans thank the Gentlelady from A for her enthusiastic support of Ted Cruz-may we remind some of her…more worshipful supporters…that this is a CRUZ THREAD-NOT A PALIN THREAD. He was always the better candidate-and that wouldn’t have changed even if she hasn’t endorsed him.
Stay on topic.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Look, it’s the don’t talk about Palin police..:)

Too funny!

idesign on July 30, 2012 at 9:18 AM

While we Texans thank the Gentlelady from A for her enthusiastic support of Ted Cruz-may we remind some of her…more worshipful supporters…that this is a CRUZ THREAD-NOT A PALIN THREAD. He was always the better candidate-and that wouldn’t have changed even if she hasn’t endorsed him.
Stay on topic.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM

She jumped on board in MAY. Cruz had the support of the Tea Party and Levin, Rubio, DeMint, Rand Paul and Toomey long before that.

And if Dewhurst had attacked Obama instead of Ted Cruz, he’d be tied now at least.

Instead, he attacked the Tea Party and Levin, Rubio, DeMint, Rand Paul, Toomey……and Palin.

His campaign was hideous.

Marcus on July 30, 2012 at 9:19 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 30, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Sorry ’bout all the typos. Me and the mister were victims of a cyber-crime of Saturday and I’m getting ready to go to the bank so it can be fixed…and that’s on my mind right now more than typing. Sorry

annoyinglittletwerp on July 30, 2012 at 9:21 AM

This just proves again the tea party and Sara Palin are irrelevant….. errrr never mind.

Skwor on July 30, 2012 at 8:50 AM

…watch it!…you’re going to wake up bluegill!

KOOLAID2 on July 30, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Question to knowledgeable Texans: Is Ted Cruz a true fiscal conservative in the mold of Pat Toomey and Rand Paul, or a weak-tea so-con panderer like Rubio?

Archivarix on July 30, 2012 at 9:23 AM

…watch it!…you’re going to wake up bluegill!

KOOLAID2 on July 30, 2012 at 9:22 AM

That’s okay, her and idiotdesign can fight it out…in Jello.

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 9:25 AM

Next time I call Cornyn’s office I will be sure to remind he and his staff of this race, and that he is not so secure as he thinks.

txmomof6 on July 30, 2012 at 9:27 AM

idesign on July 30, 2012 at 9:18 AM

What isn’t funny is how you and your fellow cultists-you are a cultist-seem to have your lips permanently attached to her anatomy.

She’s a politician-not the Savior come-to-earth -as-a woman. The world does not revolve around her.
Cruz was going to do well-w or WITH Sarah Palin’s ‘blessing’.
Now-I’ve got to deal w/ our cyber-crime. Maybe I’ll be in a better mood when I get back.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 30, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Archivarix on July 30, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Hard to say. Cruz hasn’t held elected office. He has impressed the Demint types, along with Rand Paul, and the TEA Party has put their faith in him. But, we won’t know until he actually takes office.

What is known, is that he is farther to the right than Dewhurst. And stronger in his convictions.

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 9:28 AM

She’s a politician-not the Savior come-to-earth -as-a woman. The world does not revolve around her.
Cruz was going to do well-w or WITH Sarah Palin’s ‘blessing’.
Now-I’ve got to deal w/ our cyber-crime. Maybe I’ll be in a better mood when I get back.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 30, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Want some cheeze with your whine? LOL

idesign on July 30, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Mark Davis‏@MarkDavis
Craig James has throw his support behind @DavidHDewhurst and joins us NOW to discuss. Listen: http://markdavis.660amtheanswer.com/ – @TeamDewhurst #TxSen

Too funny!

Eren on July 30, 2012 at 9:31 AM

She’s a politician-not the Savior come-to-earth -as-a woman. The world does not revolve around her.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 30, 2012 at 9:27 AM

She can ruin the whole day for a bunch of rinos, that’s good enough.

the_nile on July 30, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Sorry ’bout all the typos. Me and the mister were victims of a cyber-crime of Saturday and I’m getting ready to go to the bank so it can be fixed…and that’s on my mind right now more than typing. Sorry

annoyinglittletwerp on July 30, 2012 at 9:21

Very sorry to hear that…..hope you get everything
back to the way it should be.

ToddPA on July 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Thanks! So either we get a real fighter which would be great and well worth the effort, or face a Rubio v Orange Charlie dilemma where both are bad but one is significantly worse than other. I don’t quite trust either Palin or DeMint to make the distinction but hopefully, the collective GOP Tea Party opinion holds true.

Archivarix on July 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

I wonder how this will effect our race here in Missouri. Palin has endorsed Steelman but I think she missed the better candidate in Brunner.

Vince on July 30, 2012 at 9:34 AM

idesign on July 30, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Careful there. One could even accuse her of jumping in the final seconds of the game when the score was already 24 to 12 and expecting to be carried off the field on everybody’s shoulders when the whistle blows.

I would give Sarah Palin 100 percent of the credit for a Cruz victory – if she had been running Dewhurst’s campaign. It was his to lose, and he’s apparently done a spectacular job of it.

Marcus on July 30, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Too funny!

Eren on July 30, 2012 at 9:31 AM

That whole thing strikes me as strange. Craig endorsed Dewhurst right after the primary. Yet, they both acted like this was breaking news.

Archivarix on July 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM

From what I know of Cruz, I’m betting real fighter. But not a bomb thrower like like Ron Paul, so the red meat types won’t be thrilled every day. Think knife fighter like LBJ.

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 9:38 AM

I thought the GOP establishment was all for “identity politics”. Goes to show I guess it depends on the “identity” of the individual and the GOP is NOT as inclusive as they would have us believe.

technopeasant on July 30, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Yet lots of folks will ignore that “spot on” report from folks with inside information and deny the obvious.

I just wanted what I said out there for the record. Folks read this blog, and I want someone to be able to go, “Don’t panic about the low turnout reports: Some lady on HotAir said the dropoff was mostly going to be Democrats.”

Dewhurst will be lucky if the voters forgive and forget. His brand will be damaged if he loses tomorrow. Perry, not so much. The big question for 2014 will be Abbott.

Saw a couple of folks starting their ’14 campaigns at the state convention this year. Abbot wowed the crowd in Fort Worth this year. For a guy in a wheelchair, he stands tall! Another thought: Perry would be a damn sensible choice for Mitt’s running mate. He has many of the advantages of Palin (leadership, conservatism, gets results), and few of her disadvantages (Texas not obscure, libs can’t get their misogyny fix). If Romney has a clue, some of these folks may not need to wait.

Feels pretty good to have as much power as a federal judge a couple times a year, doesn’t it.

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 9:13 AM

Mostly feels antsy. My precinct is pretty low-drama, and I like either getting online or working out. Can’t do either for 14 plus hours tomorrow. Bought a yoga DVD for after I get home. :)

Sekhmet on July 30, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Mark Davis‏@MarkDavis
Craig James has throw his support behind @DavidHDewhurst and joins us NOW to discuss. Listen: http://markdavis.660amtheanswer.com/ – @TeamDewhurst #TxSen

Too funny!

Eren on July 30, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Huckabee was paid off and so was this guy. Unfortunately for Dewhurst, the radio hosts all have been touting Cruz for months.

Marcus on July 30, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Racheal Maddow had the whole evening and next morning reserved for the supposed nail-biting recall election in Wisconsin against Gov. Walker. (Which was called for Walker 45 minutes after the polls closed.)

I wonder how much time she (or any of the networks) have reserved for this supposed upcoming nail-biter?

ss396 on July 30, 2012 at 9:44 AM

I only saw the 2nd of 3 debates, but Cruz was definitely more conservative, better prepared, had wide knowledge, and came across as being the smartest man in the room.

All the local editorials (Houston) lamenting the possible loss of a moderate republican’s seat (Hutchinson)to Cruz and not Dewhurst is more encourageing for Cruz – as these pundits are the ones that are also lamenting losing that great moderate Olympia Snow (who enabled Obamacare).

tomg51 on July 30, 2012 at 9:45 AM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 30, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Heh.

Weight of Glory on July 30, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Question to knowledgeable Texans: Is Ted Cruz a true fiscal conservative in the mold of Pat Toomey and Rand Paul, or a weak-tea so-con panderer like Rubio?

Archivarix on July 30, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Not a Texan, but from all I’ve read, Cruz is the real deal. Rand and Ron were some of the first big names to support him. He’ll fit in nicely with Ron Johnson, Paul, Toomey, and Lee in the Senate. He’s insanely smart, was a champion debater in college, and is young. He’ll be a conservative Senator for years and will be talked about as a potential SCOTUS nominee anytime a spot opens up.

Nelsen on July 30, 2012 at 9:51 AM

I thought the GOP establishment was all for “identity politics”. Goes to show I guess it depends on the “identity” of the individual and the GOP is NOT as inclusive as they would have us believe.

technopeasant on July 30, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Cruz is a “white Hispanic”, so he doesn’t count.

Doughboy on July 30, 2012 at 9:54 AM

While we Texans thank the Gentlelady from A for her enthusiastic support of Ted Cruz-may we remind some of her…more worshipful supporters…that this is a CRUZ THREAD-NOT A PALIN THREAD. He was always the better candidate-and that wouldn’t have changed even if she hasn’t endorsed him.
Stay on topic.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Tell that to Mr. Morrissey:

If this holds up in tomorrow’s vote, it will leave a large amount of egg on Rick Perry’s face, while giving Sarah Palin yet another primary-fight triumph. Perry endorsed Dewhurst, putting him at odds with the same Tea Party activists he tried to attract in the Republican presidential race. Palin campaigned for Cruz, and the surge in Cruz’s standings will strengthen her influence within the GOP, at least in big Tea Party states.

steebo77 on July 30, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I wonder how this will effect our race here in Missouri. Palin has endorsed Steelman but I think she missed the better candidate in Brunner.

Vince on July 30, 2012 at 9:34 AM

I think most recent polling shows Steelman enjoying a slightly larger lead against McCaskill than Brunner does.

steebo77 on July 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM

I don’t get people who say supporters from other states shouldn’t campaign for senate or house seats all over the country. Conservatives are at war with the left.

wheelgun on July 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Color me impressed with the Power of Palin in a state NOT one of the most Conservative with picking the most Conservative of the candidates. Like maybe endorsing Mitt Romney before November?

Seems to me lately she’s been endorsing horses that have already pulled ahead.

Wasn’t that a trait of Romney???

Marcus on July 30, 2012 at 10:08 AM

From the breakdown, it appears that the sober voters are big behind Dewhurst.

Kermit on July 30, 2012 at 10:10 AM

While we Texans thank the Gentlelady from A for her enthusiastic support of Ted Cruz-may we remind some of her…more worshipful supporters…that this is a CRUZ THREAD-NOT A PALIN THREAD. He was always the better candidate-and that wouldn’t have changed even if she hasn’t endorsed him.
Stay on topic.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 30, 2012 at 9:14 AM

yes but you are naive to ignore the influx of MONEY and attention the Palin endorsement brought to Cruz . You actually think the “better candidate” always wins or something?? lol
Money , Money changes everything…

RockyJ. on July 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Doughboy on July 30, 2012 at 9:54 AM

He got a lot of votes in S. Texas based on last name recognition.

Kermit on July 30, 2012 at 10:12 AM

yes but you are naive to ignore the influx of MONEY and attention the Palin endorsement brought to Cruz . You actually think the “better candidate” always wins or something?? lol
Money , Money changes everything…

RockyJ. on July 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM

She has Palin issues, logic be dammed..:)

idesign on July 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Kermit on July 30, 2012 at 10:10 AM

There will be one happy camper here tomorrow night if Dewhurst pulls this out.

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM

RockyJ. on July 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM

idesign on July 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Palin issues, or not, those who are claiming Palin didn’t make this happen have a point.

To deny that point is ignorant nutball Palin worship territory.

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

She has Palin issues, logic be dammed..:)

idesign on July 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM

That is quite obvious..lol

RockyJ. on July 30, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Last October, Cruz met with some Tea Party leaders in the Dallas area. I was invited, so I went. It was an intimate setting in a home with about 15-20 people present. I thought I was there to hear him talk, but instead, he wanted to hear from us. He was sitting on the edge of his chair, like we were in a kind of huddle, and went through the negatives he thought Dewhurst would use against him, and asked our advice about how to respond. Wow! A candidate who wanted to listen! Refreshing!

Dewhurst on the other hand, is described by even his friends as someone who is rude. He has an entitled air about him. He comes across as someone who would blend into the woodwork of DC.

Ted comes across as a leader and someone unafraid to confront and engage the other side. He was the captain of his debate team in college. And his father, Rafael, is a local Tea Party rock star who gets standing o’s wherever he speaks. Cruz has my vote and the vote of everyone I’ve talked to.

parteagirl on July 30, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Sarah Palin: “So many establishment a$$es to kick, so litle time.”

bw222 on July 30, 2012 at 10:29 AM

ALyT

Ha.

CorporatePiggy on July 30, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Cruz has worked the entire state. The support from Leppert (Dallas) and James (Dallas, Lubbock) does not look to have transferred to Dewhurst.

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 8:57 AM

I figured since he held his big party in Dallas over the weekend and Cruz held his down here that Dallas was his camp. I don’t know any Dewhurst supporters save a couple of liberals that wouldn’t vote for him anyway and since the Houston Comical has endorsed Dewhurst in the primary he knows he’s done in this town. I’ll give Rick Perry credit for showing how worthless endorsements can be from a Hearst rag.

DanMan on July 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Palin issues, or not, those who are claiming Palin didn’t make this happen have a point.

To deny that point is ignorant nutball Palin worship territory.

cozmo on July 30

I feel your pain…LOL

New Ted Cruz ad.
———

Sarah Palin Rallies the Troops: Choose Cruz on July 31st!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?f

idesign on July 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I would give Sarah Palin 100 percent of the credit for a Cruz victory – if she had been running Dewhurst’s campaign. It was his to lose, and he’s apparently done a spectacular job of it.

Marcus on July 30, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Sounds like Mitt Romney’s campaign thus far.

BTW, no endorser ever gets 100% of the credit for a candidate’s win. Duh. It’s the candidate’s to win or lose. Endorsements are only part of the equation.

Common sense folks get that.

And logical folks see the inconsistency of trumpeting how irrelevant Palin’s endorsements have been, are, or ever will be – and then whining that she hasn’t formally endorsed Mitt Romney yet.

Common sense and logic: Missing elements in many HotAir commenters.

hrh40 on July 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I feel like Cruz is a slime ball. Can someone please explain to me why I should vote for Ted Cruz? What he has done for conservatism to forward the cause? I have never seen it laid out anywhere what his actual credentials or qualifications are. Just the buzz words “conservative, grass roots, tea party”. And regarding Dewhurst, “moderate, insider, establishment” etc. It all just seems so phony. Are Texans really this gullible?

Texas will regret blindly following the rhetoric of this man.

Somebody please lay out for me the positives of Ted Cruz because I don’t see any.

dip it in cider on July 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM

1. Ted C is real.
2. David Dewhurst is the figmant of David Duworst imagination.
3. Republican Party Convention , 4,000 to 5,000 Ted C sign waving, with 5 standing ovations for his speech, at the most 10 Duworst signs waving and only polite applause for David Du talk.
4. Duworst has built is energy bussiness with illegal Mexican wage salve labor. The guy Tom Leppart former Dallas Mayor , his construction company built schools and such with the same deal, Mexican illegal wage slaves and now Leppart supports Duworst.
All about wage slaves.
5. Every person we know is working phone banks for Ted C. or helping with $, or any other means.
6. Ted C. is not afraid of the RINO’s here in Texas. All of us conservative Republicans have been up aginst these same mean ass former Democrats who came over when the Democrats could not win any longer. They fight Republican conservatives with much more vile methods than they fight their former son-in-laws in the Democrat Party.
7.Even the Democrats here in Texas with the exception of NAACP and La Raza know Obama is the death of the Democrat Party in Texas.
8. All of us will get out to vote.
9. Ted will pull in with in other conservatives who are in run offs.

10. Ted tells the truth. Dewhurst lies.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Palin issues, or not, those who are claiming Palin didn’t make this happen have a point.

To deny that point is ignorant nutball Palin worship territory.

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 10:22 AM

No, to deny that Palin did have an impact is ignoring reality.

Why don’t you call up the Cruz campaign and ask how much money came in after her endorsement..

I doubt they will tell you exact figures but I am sure they will say it was a significant amount..

Palin supports the Republican Party, She generally supports the more conservative candidates. She has the ability to raise a lot of money in a little bit of time and she has been very generous with her time and money doing what she can for conservative candidates..

I highly doubt that Ted Cruz thinks there is anything “Nutball” about the support he received from SP..

Every group of people has a few freaks around… big deal..

RockyJ. on July 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

You know what? I’m happy.

(waving Droopy Dog’s little flag) Hooray.
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I’ll be much happier when it ends with Cruz ahead.

listens2glenn on July 30, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Not worth the effort Dip sxxt, you know nothing and do not seek knowledge.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 30, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Sarah Palin: “So many establishment a$$es to kick, so litle time.”

bw222 on July 30, 2012 at 10:29 AM

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My nomination for thread winner. : )

listens2glenn on July 30, 2012 at 10:48 AM

And logical folks see the inconsistency of trumpeting how irrelevant Palin’s endorsements have been, are, or ever will be – and then whining that she hasn’t formally endorsed Mitt Romney yet.

Show us the Power of Palin. Endorse him before he pulls away in the polls, not after.

Marcus on July 30, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Somebody please lay out for me the positives of Ted Cruz because I don’t see any.

dip it in cider on July 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Nah, some people are lost causes.

No, to deny that Palin did have an impact is ignoring reality.

RockyJ. on July 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Only the Palin-haters are saying that.

They are as nutball as the Palin worshipers who are saying she is the only reason he is now in this position.

You cannot turn back the clock to see how Cruz would do without the Palin support, and why would any one want to?

An objective look at this entire campaign shows the growing support for Cruz, the “its my seat” attitude from Dewhurst, Leppert thinking he could be the above the fray alternative and the late entry by James to draw support away from Cruz.

I’m happy Palin endorsed, and happy for the attention she brought. If Palin worshipers want to give her the credit, so be it. Those on the ground know better. This was Dewhurst’s race to lose and he has been working hard to lose it. Almost as hard as Cruz has worked to win it. And that tide turned before Palin entered the scene.

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Show us the Power of Palin. Endorse him before he pulls away in the polls, not after.

Marcus on July 30, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Wishing and hoping…:)

idesign on July 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

On John Cornyn:

He would vote for amnesty in 1/2 a heart beat.

He is just a part of the David Barton/George Bush elite crowd who use bible thumping to get elected.

When we showed him hard evidence of fake ID’s being used for illegals Mexicans who had fake union cards and were welding on high pressure gas lines in the Barnett Gas field in and around homes and schools in Texas. Zip, nada nothing.

Same old thing with him. He knows U.S. close the border types in the Republican Party by sight and will walk to the other side of the room if he or his staff spot us.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Same old thing with him. He knows U.S. close the border types in the Republican Party by sight and will walk to the other side of the room if he or his staff spot us.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 30, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Bless your heart. Here, have a cookie.

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Money , Money changes everything…

RockyJ. on July 30, 2012 at 10:11 AM

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She has Palin issues, logic be dammed..:)

idesign on July 30, 2012 at 10:17 AM

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Money ain’t no cure-all for a bad candidate, unless the electorate are all idiots, or otherwise ill motivated.

Last POTUS election, we had a lot of idiots AND a lot of ill motivated “conservative” voters.

Also, the Republican primary was skewed by a LOT of “cross-over” voters.

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listens2glenn on July 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Somebody please lay out for me the positives of Ted Cruz because I don’t see any.

dip it in cider on July 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Kind of in the same boat. Don’t really know why Cruz is better than Dewhurst.

Honestly though, Dewhurst’s ads are convincing me to vote for Cruz. There was an ad on last night accusing Cruz of making a man commit suicide. The ads about his China case are basically outright lies as well.

I don’t think Cruz has been in office before, so what could he really prove?

John_Locke on July 30, 2012 at 11:10 AM

APACHEWHOKNOWS brings heap good comments

DanMan on July 30, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Show us the Power of Palin. Endorse him before he pulls away in the polls, not after.

Marcus on July 30, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Wishing and hoping…:)

idesign on July 30, 2012 at 11:00 AM

For what?

To hurt Sarah Palin?

At least you are honest.

But not everyone Sarah endorsed has won. Interesting that with Cruz wining this tomorrow that the Democrats no longer see a path to victory.

Honesty once more.

For the same reason Mitt has no path to victory.

Steveangell on July 30, 2012 at 11:16 AM

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Money ain’t no cure-all for a bad candidate, unless the electorate are all idiots, or otherwise ill motivated.

Last POTUS election, we had a lot of idiots AND a lot of ill motivated “conservative” voters.

Also, the Republican primary was skewed by a LOT of “cross-over” voters.

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listens2glenn on July 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM

All that applies this year in spades.

Steveangell on July 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM

On facts:
Every last one of our elected officals, D or R, city, county, state federal, local utility, water/sewer/MUD, you name it ,,, let bids for our streets, bridges, highways, air ports, public buildings to the low bidder….
EVERY LAST ONE OF THEM KNOW, KNOW FOR 100% SURE THAT THAT LOW BID COMES FROM THE CONTRACTOR WHO USES THE MOST/AND PAYS THE LEAST TO ITS ILLEGAL WAGE SLAVES.

We are being sold out by our own greed so’s that our taxes do not get any worse.

Bottom line we have to take person responsibilty for our on goverment.

With ou U.S., who?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM

All that applies this year in spades.

Steveangell on July 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Nutballs, of all flavors, are feeling the pain today.
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Delicious.

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 11:21 AM

With ou U.S., who?

APACHEWHOKNOWS on July 30, 2012 at 11:20 AM

The alien overlords?

cozmo on July 30, 2012 at 11:22 AM

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