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Texas Senate runoff goes down to the wire
The Austin-American Statesman ^ | July 30, 2012 | Kate Alexander

Posted on 07/31/2012 2:50:22 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Texas' intensely watched Republican U.S. Senate runoff tonight will be a stunner no matter how it turns out.

Political newcomer Ted Cruz could defeat Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, a well-known and well-funded GOP officeholder, and provide tea party activists across the country another high-profile victory. An outside poll released late Sunday indicated that Cruz had a solid 10-point lead over Dewhurst.

But Dewhurst, who has the support of Gov. Rick Perry and other top Texas political leaders, could still snatch a victory from the tea party. He has poured $19 million of his own personal fortune into the race, and Dewhurst said Monday that his internal polling shows him leading.

Polls will be open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Statewide, Republican voters also will decide between incumbent David Medina and former District Judge John Devine for a seat on the nine-member Texas Supreme Court. The runoff winner faces no Democratic opponent in November.

Voters in western Travis and Hays counties will have a say in the GOP runoff for congressional District 25 — an open seat sought by Wes Riddle, founder of the Central Texas Tea Party, and Roger Williams, former Texas secretary of state.

District 25, extending to just south of Fort Worth, also includes the Capitol, the University of Texas and much of Northeast Austin.

In a contentious state Senate race, other Central Texas voters will decide between Republicans Jeff Wentworth, a 20-year veteran of the Texas Senate, and tea party candidate Donna Campbell, a doctor.

On the Democratic ballot, former state House member Paul Sadler and retired teacher Grady Yarbrough are vying for the U.S. Senate nomination.

The GOP Senate race has attracted the attention of conservative luminaries who see in Cruz another opportunity to unsettle the GOP establishment in Washington. This past weekend, Cruz bounced from appearances with U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint, the godfather of tea party senators, to Sarah Palin to Rick Santorum as he rallied voters across the state.

Some Texas tea party leaders issued a statement Monday aimed at countering Dewhurst campaign statements that the backing of state Sen. Dan Patrick, a tea party stalwart from Houston, indicated that Dewhurst had wide support from tea party voters.

"It is obvious that your recent tea party posturing is just a desperate attempt to trick voters in the closing hours of this election. Though you are right to recognize that the tea party will be the deciding factor in this election, our support is not with you," said the statement, which was signed by about 50 tea party leaders from across the state.

On Monday, Dewhurst started his day with a quick stop at a South Austin Chick-fil-A in solidarity with the restaurant, which has been the subject of criticism from gay marriage supporters because the company's president condemned marriage equality.

"In Texas, we don't try and be politically correct. We want people to have freedom of beliefs, freedom of religion," Dewhurst said, clutching a bag with a chicken sandwich — no pickles.

The Dewhurst campaign also tried to tamp down the sense that Cruz had captured the momentum by releasing details from its latest poll, conducted by GOP pollster Mike Baselice, which showed Dewhurst at 48 percent and Cruz at 44 percent.

"When David Dewhurst wins tomorrow, it will once again be apparent that folks who live inside the Washington Beltway have zero idea what's going on in Texas," a campaign statement said.

The survey poll from Public Policy Polling showed Cruz leading with support from 52 percent of the respondents to Dewhurst's 42 percent. Among tea party voters, Cruz swamped Dewhurst 75-22 percent.

"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," the polling firm wrote on its website.

The poll was conducted over the weekend by automated calls to 665 likely Republican runoff voters. The margin of error for the survey is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: conservatism; cruz; dewhurst; runoff; teaparty; tedcruz; tx2012; ussenate
Some Texas tea party leaders issued a statement Monday aimed at countering Dewhurst campaign statements that the backing of state Sen. Dan Patrick, a tea party stalwart from Houston, indicated that Dewhurst had wide support from tea party voters.

"It is obvious that your recent tea party posturing is just a desperate attempt to trick voters in the closing hours of this election. Though you are right to recognize that the tea party will be the deciding factor in this election, our support is not with you," said the statement, which was signed by about 50 tea party leaders from across the state.

Tea Party Express: An Open Letter to David Dewhurst

1 posted on 07/31/2012 2:50:32 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

How are you seeing this outcome up close and personal?


2 posted on 07/31/2012 3:00:41 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Taken from anoher post supporting the Demorats favorite newspaper in Austin...

Dewhurst publicly affirmed his support for a guest-worker program in 2007. His more recent anti-immigrant rhetoric represents his response to Cruz attacking his conservative credentials – not a surprising shift for an office-seeking candidate. But if Dewhurst is elected to a six-year term and Democrats make significant electoral gains in the nation’s legislative body (likely with the President on the ballot), the Lieutenant Governor’s prior support for immigration reform might re-emerge. In addition, the six-year term will permit Dewhurst to work with President Barack Obama (presuming he wins a second term) on immigration reform, since Dewhurst wouldn’t face re-election until 2018

Now just vote for Cruz and tick em all off.


3 posted on 07/31/2012 3:00:54 AM PDT by JohnD9207 (Mitt better grow a pair or this thing will be over soon.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

$19 million Dewhurst. Where did he get that kind of money in public service? He would only spend that kind of money now if he could graft more than that later. He is pretty much a perfect example of what is wrong with the Republican party specifically and politics in general. Plus he is creepier than anyone since Lindsey Graham.

Dewhurst is a great example of why progressive democrats win, and even if a guy like Dewhurst wins, he still caves to the commies and acts like a Rino because they know they can buy him off. America does not need a rino grifter like Dewhurst in the US Senate.


4 posted on 07/31/2012 3:04:53 AM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

And the latest anti-Cruz commercials have taken a new low - blaming Cruz on the death of a teenager.


5 posted on 07/31/2012 3:14:13 AM PDT by Biff55 (A furore Normanorum libera nos, O Domine!)
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To: FlyingEagle

$19 million Dewhurst. Where did he get that kind of money in public service?
__________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

He found it.... the same place where all “public servants” (politicians) find it; under the table.


6 posted on 07/31/2012 3:16:41 AM PDT by pistolpackinpapa (Why is it that you never see any Obama bumper stickers on cars going to work in the mornings?)
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To: FlyingEagle

Dewhurts is partner in an energy company and Wiki says he’s worth $200 mill.

Still don’t need him as Senator. Cruz more conservative!


7 posted on 07/31/2012 3:23:00 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Oh, so that 10 point PPP lead Cruz had over Dewhurst yesterday just magically disappeared over nite.

Anything from the Austin press is the same as from LA Frisco or NYC...lies and in this case big Texas size lies!

8 posted on 07/31/2012 3:28:52 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Obamacare like all Marxist fails, outlaws redress before creating it's demand.")
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To: MestaMachine

Cruz will win. I don’t think it will be by 10 points or more, but it will be a solid victory (probably by 7-8 percentage points).


9 posted on 07/31/2012 4:09:20 AM PDT by Common Sense 101 (Hey libs... If your theories fly in the face of reality, it's not reality that's wrong.)
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To: pistolpackinpapa

“He found it.... the same place where all “public servants” (politicians) find it; under the table.”

...I thought the money was always in the trunk! Oh, wait, that’s where the votes are. My bad.


10 posted on 07/31/2012 4:10:42 AM PDT by albie
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To: MestaMachine
How are you seeing this outcome up close and personal?

I liked the mention of the Tea Party Express letter in the article.

I live in Texas.

I voted for Cruz the first day of early voting.

Anything else?

11 posted on 07/31/2012 4:11:55 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Happy Rain

Every vote will be important. We should encourage everyone that can and hasn’t, to get out and vote for Ted Cruz.

And maybe rethink some other “go along with the GOP-e” endorsements made by Dan Patrick.


12 posted on 07/31/2012 4:14:44 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Happy Rain

progressives lie more than any other human... but they lie to themselves even more than they do others... they have to... one has to lie to oneself to be a progressive in the first place.

LLS


13 posted on 07/31/2012 4:21:14 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I meant do you think Cruz will take it. You’re there and I am hundreds of miles away so I am asking what your feelings are because all I can do is read the articles. It’s not the same as being there, even though I wish I was. Hoping for a Cruz win. Sent as much support as I could. dewhurst is touting internal polls he says has him in the lead. Do you think that is legit?


14 posted on 07/31/2012 4:23:35 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I think Cruz is going to win. But the good news is, EITHER Cruz OR Dewhurst would be a better (i.e. more conservative) senator than KBH.

And the fact that both candidates are further to the right is another Tea Party effect.


15 posted on 07/31/2012 4:44:07 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Love the cult, respect the leader, but I simply can't drink the koolaid and die.)
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To: FlyingEagle

I agree with most of your post.
When a man has 19 million dollars to piss away for a public office he is too damned rich to see my point of view. The point of view of the Middle class.

But I don’t see this as the problem of only Republicans.
I see this as a problem of American politics as a whole.

All we have running our country are rich politicians, most of them lawyers,who know the tricks of legalised theft.. Politicians of both parties are either rich when they first come into politics or find enough graft as office holders to get rich. They certainly do not know or care what Middle Americans need.
They know what the poor need and want,because catering to them is what keeps them in office.


16 posted on 07/31/2012 4:55:01 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Nervous Tick

No, there is not anything good about a Dewhurst win.

He is a smarmy, unprincipled full fledged RINO and a win for him would be a chance for the RNC-E to preen and further diss the Tea Party.


17 posted on 07/31/2012 4:57:30 AM PDT by Mountain Mary (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

—— An outside poll released late Sunday indicated that Cruz had a solid 10-point lead over Dewhurst. ———

Which is at odds with the headline.....

Rather than “close down to the wire”, it would seem a better choice of words would be “ at the wire, Cruz leads by three lengths “


18 posted on 07/31/2012 5:06:24 AM PDT by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 ..... Present failure and impending death yield irrational action))
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Dewhurst campaign statements that the backing of state Sen. Dan Patrick, a tea party stalwart from Houston, indicated that Dewhurst had wide support from tea party voters.

Tea Party stalwart my ass. Dan Patrick finally reveals himself as just another "go along to get along" wannabe mamber of the ruling class. It's always been about acquiring power and status.

19 posted on 07/31/2012 5:23:29 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: tx_eggman
mamber = member

just damn ...

20 posted on 07/31/2012 5:24:20 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: Biff55
Those anti-Cruz ads are disgusting. The one with the teenager committing suicide is ridiculous. The mother might as well be blaming you and me for all the water it holds. Outright lies and trumped up hoo-ha.
21 posted on 07/31/2012 5:47:12 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Mountain Mary

Are you a Texan, Mountain Mary?


22 posted on 07/31/2012 5:56:36 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Love the cult, respect the leader, but I simply can't drink the koolaid and die.)
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To: MestaMachine

At this point I think it’s Cruz’s to lose.

There is a lot riding on this including the strong symbolism of the conservative Tea Party mood, determination and strength nationally.


23 posted on 07/31/2012 6:06:29 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Venturer

>> All we have running our country are rich politicians, most of them lawyers,who know the tricks of legalised theft.

Not meaning to open a can of worms, but here’s the funny thing about your statement as it concerns the Texas Republican Senate primary:

1)Dewhurst is not, and has never been, a lawyer.
2)Cruz is, and has never been anything but, a lawyer.

:-)

Mind you Dewhurst is not “my guy”. Everyone here who labels him an “establishment Republican” is correct. It’s not that I doubt that Dewhurst is in the Establishment camp; it’s that I doubt that Cruz will remain OUTSIDE of the Establishment camp for very long at all. My guess is the Tea Party will become disappointed with his actual behavior in the Senate, same as we are with Cornyn (and with KBH, in spades).

One more thing: the so-called “RINO Establishment” in Texas (i.e. Dewhurst’s running buddies) is pro-oil, pro-land, pro-ag, pro-business. To be sure they are corrupted by wealth, and manipulate government to serve their interests rather than the “little guy”, but give me THAT “establishment” ANY DAY over the pro-environment, pro-gay, pro-labor “rino establishment” you find in Yankee country!


24 posted on 07/31/2012 6:16:41 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Love the cult, respect the leader, but I simply can't drink the koolaid and die.)
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To: Nervous Tick

No, but I am one of the thousands of Tea Party activists around the country who are supporting Ted.

I’ve contributed to his campaign three times and was part of his phone banks.

I love Texas and freedom, NT.


25 posted on 07/31/2012 6:49:48 AM PDT by Mountain Mary (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: Nervous Tick

David, is that you? Your veiled support of him, NT, is not hard to detect.

Cruz is a constitional conservative who will never be part of the GOP-E. You haven’t done your homework.

“Mind you Dewhurst is not “my guy”. Everyone here who labels him an “establishment Republican” is correct. It’s not that I doubt that Dewhurst is in the Establishment camp; it’s that I doubt that Cruz will remain OUTSIDE of the Establishment camp for very long at all. My guess is the Tea Party will become disappointed with his actual behavior in the Senate, same as we are with Cornyn (and with KBH, in spades).”

LOL.


26 posted on 07/31/2012 6:55:56 AM PDT by Mountain Mary (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I voted for Cruz, and in another race where I didn’t have a preference... I voted for the guy Dan Patrick did NOT endorse...

Dan is going to have a lot of damage control to do after the damage this election did to his reputation.


27 posted on 07/31/2012 7:00:31 AM PDT by csivils
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To: Venturer

Certainly NOT a Dewhurst fan and being a strong Cruz supporter, I see it as something honorable for a man to spend his own money to get into public office, as long as he gained his money honestly (there is no indication to the contrary).

The thing Dewhurst has done that I find dishonorable is to play campaigning dirtily.


28 posted on 07/31/2012 7:02:34 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Nervous Tick
Most astute!

One thing most not well acquainted with Texas politics do not have a good feel for is that we just came from 100 years of truly swarmy Yeller Dog Dem control of the state and ANY Republican, even a RINO is night and day better than from where we came.

There is nothing wrong will still wanting better, let's hope Cruz wins today!

29 posted on 07/31/2012 7:14:16 AM PDT by X-spurt (It is truly time for ON YOUR FEET or on your knees)
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To: Mountain Mary

>> I love Texas and freedom, NT.

I live here, Mary.

It’s really interesting that to please you I not only need to worship at the feet of your chosen one, but I ALSO need to spew pure venom at your UNchosen one. Or, I guess, I’m not “pure” enough for you.

Fortunately, pleasing you is nowhere on my bucket list, so I choose to do neither of the above.

You make some rather nasty and provocative personal accusations for someone who knows nothing at all about me.

I live on a small ranch in oil country in central Texas. I see with my own eyes, and live every single day, the issues that face rural Texans. To accuse me of “being David” and to say I haven’t “done my homework” is simply to parade your ignorance for all to see.

As with everyone, however, you’re entitled to your opinion, even if I pray that you’ll find a more productive way to express it.

FRegards


30 posted on 07/31/2012 7:18:40 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Love the cult, respect the leader, but I simply can't drink the koolaid and die.)
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To: X-spurt

>> The thing Dewhurst has done that I find dishonorable is to play campaigning dirtily.

Not only dirty, but *really* dirty. And clueless. Did you even *understand* that ad with the crying woman whose kid committed suicide after being in prison in PA? WTF??!?

On the other hand, Cruz slung his share of mud too. I’m fed up with both of them, frankly. Glad the campaign is finally over.


31 posted on 07/31/2012 7:30:31 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Love the cult, respect the leader, but I simply can't drink the koolaid and die.)
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To: Nervous Tick

I voted for Cruz today. Not that either one of them can walk on water. And I’m a central Texan who works in the oil fields.And what you say is true, the only reason I voted Cruz is he has yet to be corrupted by the establishment IMHO. And I ain’t saying he won’t be...


32 posted on 07/31/2012 7:49:35 AM PDT by Quickgun (Second Amendment. The only one you can put your hands on.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Voter enthusiasm is through the roof. The prairie is on fire! There may be more votes cast in the run-off than in the May primary. In Harris County (Houston,) 58,000 Republican votes were cast in early voting for the May primary. There are 70,000 Republican ballots cast in this run-off. Similar story in the San Antonio area. Cruz may win 60-40.


33 posted on 07/31/2012 7:50:08 AM PDT by calico_thompson
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To: Mountain Mary

And we thank you for that!!!


34 posted on 07/31/2012 8:38:44 AM PDT by Gabrial (The nightmare will continue as long as the nightmare is in the White House)
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To: Nervous Tick

You made the statement that you doubt that Cruz will remain outside of the Establishment for long.

Now whose ignorant?

You obviously know very little about Ted and his core beliefs to make that assumption. and you have NO facts to support this theory.

It isn’t spewing venom but rather being truthful to expose Dewhurst for being the nasty RINO that he is. See his unparalled attack ads against his opponent.

So you haven’t done your homework.

Finally, your insinuation that if I do not live in Texas, I’m not qualified to speak about it.. is ridiculous. My daughter lives there and I love the state...visit every chance I get.


35 posted on 07/31/2012 9:45:30 AM PDT by Mountain Mary (Voting for the lesser of two evils is still voting for evil.)
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To: calico_thompson; Cincinatus' Wife
My old Svenska (Swedish) fishing buddy said, "Last Saturday, fishing was very strange: the first hour, only black bass were biting, then the second hour, only crappie -- and the third hour, only white bass..."

So, someone asked, "Len, how many fish did you catch?"

Lennart replied, "...three..."

~~~~~~~~~~

Using Len's logic, after I voted at 1 pm, Republican vs Democrat voting in our very rural, northeastern Texas Pineywoods precinct was running at an encouraging 6:1... '-)

36 posted on 07/31/2012 12:41:10 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: calico_thompson; Cincinatus' Wife

BTW, the “1” was the Democrat poll worker... :-)

And the correct ratio was 7:1...


37 posted on 07/31/2012 12:46:27 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: TXnMA

:)


38 posted on 07/31/2012 1:04:52 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Mountain Mary

>> Now whose ignorant?

ROFL!

I’ll just let *that* little jewel of yours speak for itself.


39 posted on 07/31/2012 1:38:50 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Love the cult, respect the leader, but I simply can't drink the koolaid and die.)
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To: JohnD9207

Ted Cruz WINS! Drink Hearty, Tea Party!!


40 posted on 07/31/2012 8:25:52 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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