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Texas Poll: Dewhurst 40, Cruz 31
The Weekly Standard ^ | May 21, 2012 | Michael Warren

Posted on 05/21/2012 12:00:07 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch

The Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Texas is now within nine points, according to a new poll. A University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll shows Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst with 40 percent, while his challenger, former state solicitor general Ted Cruz, is at 31 percent. Former Dallas mayor Tom Leppert is in third at 17 percent.

With the the May 29 primary just a week away, Cruz appears to be gaining ground on Dewhurst. He's been aided in his effort to be the conservative alternative to Dewhurst by an endorsement from Sarah Palin, who recently recorded a robocall to Texas voters. "Ted Cruz has defended the Constitution, U.S. sovereignty, and over three million veterans, and he's endorsed by Tea Party Express," Palin says.

Dewhurst, meanwhile, has a new ad featuring Governor Rick Perry, who endorsed his lieutenant last month.

The Dewhurst campaign and its surrogates seem to have recognized the Cruz threat in recent weeks, with both Dewhurst and a pro-Dewhurst super PAC airing ads accusing Cruz of not being a true conservative.

But the momentum may be on Cruz's side, not just in the polls but also in the last-minute money game. The Cruz campaign announced late last week that it raised over $542,000 between April 1 and May 9 and has raised $6.1 million overall. Those are slightly higher numbers than Dewhurst's. While Dewhurst has the backing of the Texas Republican establishment, Cruz has garnered support from national and local Tea Party and conservative movement types.

If no candidate wins a majority of the vote on May 29, the race will go to a runoff on July 31. Many observers believe if Cruz can make it to the runoff, he would have the advantage over Dewhurst.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: daviddewhurst; rickperry; sarahpalin; teapartyexpress; tedcruz; texas
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1 posted on 05/21/2012 12:00:17 PM PDT by SwinneySwitch
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To: SwinneySwitch

DUMP ROMNEY and replace him with a stellar Dark Horse.

IF Romney is probably going to lose to Obama, THEN it is incumbent upon the RNC to intervene and declare an OPEN Convention, regardless of the Primary delegates that Romney has.

Continued accumulation of Primary delegates in the remaining State Primaries is the key to improving Paul’s chances of forcing the GOP-E to hold an OPEN Convention in Tampa.

Paul will then have completed his main task in this Primary: giving the delegates the freedom to DUMP ROMNEY!

My goal is to defeat the insanity of Keyensian Economics in “both” of our very sorry political parties THIS YEAR!

This can be accomplished by the Delegates choosing a stellar Dark Horse Nominee, such as R-Rep. West of Florida, to slaughter Obama in a November Landslide.

It is not enough to beat Obama, he must be smashed in a huge landslide to repudiate his Marxist ideas for America!

Romney is not Warrior enough to do so.

The key is to FORCE the GOP-E to allow for an OPEN Convention in Tampa. Without an OPEN Convention the SOS of INSANE Federal Over-Spending will keep America on the same crowded track with Greece, and Kalifornia.

There are over 15, 000, 000, 000, 000 reasons why spending more money this year than was taken in during the previous year is an INSANE path to financial destruction.

Neither Obama or Romney have presented a plan to spend our Federal dollars in a non-insane manner.

For example, the GOP Elite have stood in line to endorse Romney, to endorse “The Ryan Budget,” and to compromise-away every opportunity to reduce Federal Spending.

I included the Ryan Budget, because Rep. Paul Ryan himself says that his “Budget” will balance in 30 YEARS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BTW, I added those exclamation points, because both you and I know that Ryan’s budget will NEVER balance, and thus will never be a fact. The exclamation points are just for volume emphasis.


2 posted on 05/21/2012 12:04:06 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: SwinneySwitch
Runoff here we come.


3 posted on 05/21/2012 12:08:40 PM PDT by deport (.............God Bless Texas............)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Dewhurst is one of the worst of the RINOs but he has name recognition.


4 posted on 05/21/2012 12:13:00 PM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah, so shall it be again.")
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To: fella

I’m voting early and often for Cruz ;-)


5 posted on 05/21/2012 12:16:08 PM PDT by achilles2000 ("I'll agree to save the whales as long as we can deport the liberals")
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To: SwinneySwitch

My family is voting for Cruz. We haven’t been polled by anyone!

I’ve put info out on Cruz on Facebook, and have received comments from friends/family who say they are voting for him also.


6 posted on 05/21/2012 12:18:19 PM PDT by Texas56
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To: deport
Cruz has Sarah Palin & Mark Levin in his corner.

Dewhurst has Rick Perry & Mike Huckabee in his.

Hummmmm.

Pretty clear choice between a TEA Party Conservative candidate and a RINO, Moderate Republican candidate.

7 posted on 05/21/2012 12:19:40 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: deport
Cruz has Sarah Palin & Mark Levin in his corner.

Dewhurst has Rick Perry & Mike Huckabee in his.

Hummmmm.

Pretty clear choice between a TEA Party Conservative candidate and a RINO, Moderate Republican candidate.

8 posted on 05/21/2012 12:19:59 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: SwinneySwitch

I received another of DD’s lying ads in the mail today. He thinks he’s found a way to push conservatives’ emotional buttons (OMG TED CRUZ IS A COMMIE LOVER!), and he’s not about to let up, facts be d**ned.


9 posted on 05/21/2012 12:23:11 PM PDT by Constitutionalist Conservative (I'm a constitutionalist, not a libertarian. Huge difference.)
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To: Graewoulf

Dark horse, heck I first thought you were pitchin more RP and the “dark was referring to Dark Side of the Moon”. Only thing RP is running for now is the bank to stash his contributor’s cash.

If Santorum, or Newt couldn’t make a dent in the Mitt parade, its further than a longshot for anyone else, short of Sarah. The way Sarah has been so quite lately, would not doubt she’s probably going to get picked as VP, that would darn sure bring in the Tea Party.

Not a Mitt fan by any stretch, but I’m from the same neighborhood as Rush in Realityville. And reality is either nobama again or Romney.


10 posted on 05/21/2012 12:23:54 PM PDT by X-spurt (Its time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: deport
My wife and I are voting for Cruz. Who will get the Leppert in the runoff?
11 posted on 05/21/2012 12:26:28 PM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Graewoulf

Ted Cruz, I like him.

However, can anyone tell me why he’s considered a minority?

He calls himself Italian, Irish and Cuban on his wikipedia page. He looks 100% caucasian to me. So why does his ‘Spanish-ness’, from his Cuban father, throw him and people like him, into the minority column? Shouldn’t he be just white, like say, Italians and Greeks are?


12 posted on 05/21/2012 12:26:37 PM PDT by mkboyce
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To: TexasCajun
Perry, IMHO, had no choice but to endorse his Lt. Gov..otherwise it would be an outright repudiation of the guy. I give Perry a pass for that. Daniels in Indiana had the same problem..he felt obligated to endorse Lugar, based on their long history.

I suspect that Perry's endorsement will be as effective as Daniels' was.

Huck's endorsement surprises me..I wasn't aware of it..Do you have any info as to why he did it? Thanks..

13 posted on 05/21/2012 12:29:32 PM PDT by ken5050 (FRACK Obama!!!)
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To: Graewoulf

You posted to the wrong thread.


14 posted on 05/21/2012 12:33:59 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: Graewoulf

You posted to the wrong thread.


15 posted on 05/21/2012 12:34:25 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: SwinneySwitch

I sure hope Cruz can pull this race off—he’s the best conservative that I have come across in many years......


16 posted on 05/21/2012 12:36:39 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: muleskinner

The double post is just for emphasis.


17 posted on 05/21/2012 12:37:03 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: SwinneySwitch

All we need to do is get Cruz in the run-off with Dewhurst and he wins. The uninformed voter who votes for the name he/she recognizes, will not turn out in the run-off election. GET CRUZ INTO A RUN-OFF AND HE WINS!!!


18 posted on 05/21/2012 12:38:02 PM PDT by no dems (TED CRUZ: A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM TEXAS.)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Voted early, Saturday, voted for Cruz.


19 posted on 05/21/2012 12:39:31 PM PDT by askrenr (HOOAH! It's an Army thing.)
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To: mkboyce

I’ve never heard Cruz being called a “minority”.....


20 posted on 05/21/2012 12:44:08 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

” I received another of DD’s lying ads in the mail today. He thinks he’s found a way to push conservatives’ emotional buttons (OMG TED CRUZ IS A COMMIE LOVER!), and he’s not about to let up, facts be d**ned.”

This is as low as you can get.


21 posted on 05/21/2012 12:46:16 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: SwinneySwitch
I think Dewhurst and Leppert split the RINO vote and Cruz takes the conservative vote. Dewhurst 35%, Cruz 33%, Leppert 22%. Cruz wins the run-off 52-47.

Craig James takes all 1,034 of the "I'm a self-important stage mom" votes...

22 posted on 05/21/2012 12:52:01 PM PDT by TexasNative2000 (Jimmy Carter's incompetence + Richard Nixon's paranoia = Barack Obama)
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To: X-spurt

You missed the main point of my post: In order to Dump Romney there must be an OPEN Convention.

Ron Paul, Santorum and Newt are our best hopes to achieve an OPEN Convention because they have the most Delegates to force the Romney Delegates to approve of an OPEN Convention.

Since RP is the only active Candidate left standing, he has the best chance of forcing the RNC to have an OPEN Convention in Tampa.

With an OPEN Convention, NONE of the Primary Candidates stand a chance of becoming the Nominee, except Romney.

That possibility must be countered by a stellar Dark Horse, that is someone that has not run in this years Primary Campaign.

Otherwise Romney will follow the same stupid path as McCain and lose to Obama “much to the surprise of the GOP-E.”

Ron Paul, Santorum and Newt were rejected by Primary voters, and would be re-soundly rejected by the voters in the National Election. Thus, their main value is to force an OPEN Convention.

The Convention Delegates then would have a chance to choose a Nominee who could easily defeat Obama.

I had earlier supported R-Sc Sen Jim DeMint, but he will not leave the Senate. Now I support R-Fla. Rep. Allen West. Rep. West is a retired US Army Colonel, straight-talking Conservative, AND is the only non-welcome member of the Congressional Black Caucus, (the Libs hate him).

There are many other Republican non-RINO Dark Horses who would make excellent Dark Horse Nominees.

The DUMP ROMNEY Campaign requires an OPEN or “Bartered” Convention in Tampa.

Make your voice and vote count towards an OPEN Convention in Tampa. Florida!

BTW, Nominee West WOULD be Florida’s favorite son.


23 posted on 05/21/2012 12:56:44 PM PDT by Graewoulf ((Dictator Baby-Doc Barack's obama"care" violates Sherman Anti-Trust Law, AND U.S. Constitution.))
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To: SwinneySwitch

I have already voted for Cruz!

Waiting for the Dewhurst campaign trolls to post.....

In 3, 2, 1....


24 posted on 05/21/2012 12:58:47 PM PDT by TexanByBirth (Free Republic: where they may agree with the message, but they love to shoot the messenger!)
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To: fella

Well, Cruz better get something on the air to counter Dewhurst’s attack ads. I swear they are running everywhere throughout the day.


25 posted on 05/21/2012 1:04:56 PM PDT by getmeouttaPalmBeachCounty_FL (chirping birds + basket weavers who sit + smile + twiddle their thumbs + toes They're coming to take)
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To: fella

Dewhurst is also very wealthy and is able to pour a lot of his own money into the campaign (millions do far).


26 posted on 05/21/2012 1:07:02 PM PDT by MrShoop
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To: TexanByBirth

I’m all Cruz’ed in via early vote. If your Leg. district is 115 then vote for Matt Rinaldi too — a terrific young gun Tea Party conservative with an A+ rating. Help stock the farm team.


27 posted on 05/21/2012 1:08:27 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: ken5050
I have no idea why Huck endorsed Dewhurst, only seen the ad.
28 posted on 05/21/2012 1:15:01 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: SwinneySwitch

My wife and I early voted for Cruz this weekend. Dewhurst’s TV ads have been relentless. The attack ads make Cruz look like Bill Clinton selling secrets to the Chinese. The other ad, in which Dewhurst says “cutting spending doesn’t take courage. Courage is what my dad (a WW2 veteran) had. We just need to do what’s right”; is a great ad. Dewhurst has name recognition and apparently a lot of money to spend on commercials.


29 posted on 05/21/2012 1:25:50 PM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: mkboyce

I voted early.. and voted for Cruz.


30 posted on 05/21/2012 1:32:12 PM PDT by JFC
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To: JFC

I voted for Cruz about an hour ago.


31 posted on 05/21/2012 1:35:06 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: TexasCajun

No, it’s a choice between Dewhurst, the proven conservative and Cruz, the unproven guy who has latched onto the skirts of Sarah Palin.


32 posted on 05/21/2012 1:37:08 PM PDT by ngat
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To: SwinneySwitch

Who is Leppert, some useless RINO? Probably Democrats backing him to sink Cruz.


33 posted on 05/21/2012 1:37:49 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Sans-Culotte

Cruz is pending tons of money, in fact I’ve been in two different major media markets in Texas on business the last two weeks and I’ve heard more radio and TV attack ads out of Cruz than Dewhurst.


34 posted on 05/21/2012 1:41:00 PM PDT by ngat
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To: ngat
I'll be voting Cruz.
35 posted on 05/21/2012 1:44:51 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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36 posted on 05/21/2012 1:45:55 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Constitutionalist Conservative

This is not a single lie in any of those ads. In fact, it is you that is being deceptive.


37 posted on 05/21/2012 1:46:30 PM PDT by ngat
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To: TexanByBirth

they’re here!


38 posted on 05/21/2012 1:47:12 PM PDT by thestob (Vote or P. Diddy will kill you)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I see you still can’t tell a conservative from your typical opportunistic lawyer.


39 posted on 05/21/2012 1:49:13 PM PDT by ngat
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To: ngat

40 posted on 05/21/2012 1:56:53 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: TexanByBirth

Oh. So anybody who posts in support of the real conservative Texan, David Dewhurst is a “troll”?

It’s really funny that a guy who boasts he’s a Texan by birth thinks he has it all figured out by voting for a Canadian by birth who has spent more of his adult life in New Jersey, Massachussetts, Washington. D.C. than he has in Texas.

It is so easy to fool some Texans by birth. Just ask the Bushes.


41 posted on 05/21/2012 2:03:35 PM PDT by ngat
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To: SwinneySwitch

I just early voted in the Texas primary this afternoon for Cruz. However, Remember there will be a runoff between Cruz and Dewhurst 31 July which is really the more important election (early voting only during 24-27 July). It’s clear from this poll that no candidate will get 50% on May 29, so the top two candidates will go to a run-off per texas law. We’ll see then in the second round whether Dewhurst or Cruz will pick up the 20%-25% of the Vote that will go to other candidates in the first round. Turnout will be very low in the middle of the summer for a run-off election so every vote in July will be important. Make sure to mark your calendar and plan vacation accordingly


42 posted on 05/21/2012 2:04:13 PM PDT by MillardFillmore
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To: SwinneySwitch

To be honest, I really didn’t know who I was going to vote for between Cruz & Dewhurst. Didn’t really know much about either one, except name recognition for Dewhurst, but after reading a couple of threads here on FR, I early voted today and went for Cruz. Hope you guys are right about him cause you made me do it - LOL.


43 posted on 05/21/2012 2:06:20 PM PDT by wayoverthehill
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To: thestob

You have no argument except to call people names.

Just like Ted Cruz has nothing to run on except campaign promises.


44 posted on 05/21/2012 2:14:01 PM PDT by ngat
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To: wayoverthehill

It seems that Dewhurst will probably be mostly ok if elected—kind of in the John Cornyn mode. Cruz is a passionate Tea Party conservative in speech. He better hold true blue if elected because you dont go peeing off Tx conservatives by lying to them. Dont mess with Tea Party Texas.


45 posted on 05/21/2012 2:14:11 PM PDT by tflabo (Truth or tyranny)
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To: SwinneySwitch

Voted for Cruz. Dewhurst looked inept in his commercials.


46 posted on 05/21/2012 2:24:49 PM PDT by wolfcreek (‘closed eye’ mentality is the reason for our current reality)
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To: SwinneySwitch

I’m going in to vote tomorrow.


47 posted on 05/21/2012 2:50:00 PM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: mkboyce

The name “Cruz” would be the main reason the perception would be Hispanic.


48 posted on 05/21/2012 2:57:55 PM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: fella

Dewhurst is the continuation of KBH for sure; Cruz is a potential conservative, but time will tell.


49 posted on 05/21/2012 3:38:58 PM PDT by Theodore R. (Past is prologue: The American people again let us down in this election cycle.)
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To: MillardFillmore
Remember there will be a runoff between Cruz and Dewhurst 31 July which is really the more important election (early voting only during 24-27 July).

Excuse me, but runoff elections in Texas are held 1 month after the original primary election not 2 months. According to my calendar, that should be on June 26. June 21-24 sound like reasonable dates for early voting. I sure hope you are not correct about July, because I won't be in the US during the last 2 weeks of July. July 27 is not a Sunday, and early voting always ends the Sunday prior to the election on Tuesday.

50 posted on 05/21/2012 3:57:31 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative
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