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Ted Cruz Wins Big in Texas
RedState ^ | March 5, 2014 | Erick Erickson

Posted on 03/05/2014 3:44:13 AM PST by iowamark

Wow — we all knew John Cornyn was going to win last night. He had no significant opposition. His opponents never got tea party or conservative support. His most significant opponent was…well…eccentric to put it politely. Cornyn managed to get 60% in his primary.

Ted Cruz was not on the ballot in Texas last night. After the Cornyn race was called, Brian Walsh, a paid adviser to the NRSC, took to Twitter and, as many including myself interpreted it, obtusely attacked Cruz, who is Deputy Chair of the NRSC.

Cruz did not endorse Cornyn, who himself did not endorse Cruz in 2012. As a friend of mine who saw that tweet noted, “Walsh is like the professional gay lobby. He has Cruz nominally supporting the establishment by sitting in the NRSC post and not causing trouble. He has Cruz staying out of primaries — not picking against the NRSC candidates. That’s not enough though. He wants to have his cake and eat it too, by having Cruz kiss Cornyn’s ring.”

But this was all a distraction.

Ted Cruz showed just how powerful he is in his home state last night. Cruz endorsed 5 candidates. Four of the five won outright and the fifth is the heavy favorite going into a runoff. Cruz did not endorse in the Attorney General race in Texas, but he said some pretty glowing stuff about Ken Paxton. Several people tell me Paxton got strong momentum after Cruz’s kind words and now he finds himself in the lead headed into a runoff against a guy who spent $5 million. GET MONEY TO KEN PAXTON NOW. We need him to win. Paxton’s opponent is still heavily funded.

Paxton, by the way, features himself with Ted Cruz on the homepage of his website. Consider the Cruz effect in Texas in other races.

Konnie Burton is headed into a runoff in Wendy Davis’s State Senate District. Konnie was behind, but after Cruz’s support found herself in first place.

Donna Campbell, running against a well funded establishment pick for the State Senate, won without a runoff after getting a positive reference from Ted Cruz.

Wayne Christian, an early support of Cruz in 2012, is leading a race for Texas Rail Road Commissioner now. Christian is also the former head of the Texas Conservative Coalition.

And then there is David Dewhurst, the Texas Lieutenant Governor. He ran against Tex Cruz in 2012 as the establishment pick and front runner until Cruz beat him. He has high statewide name ID. And now he finds himself in a runoff with Dan Patrick to keep his job.

Cruz is showing his ability to not just get himself across the finish line, but get other Republicans through their own primaries. Perhaps if Walsh and Senate GOP staffers and Senators keep attacking Cruz, it’ll finally dawn on Cruz that he needs to collect some scalps on his own side in his own chamber to change things. Ted Cruz needs to stretch his legs in Republican primaries outside Texas.


TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: cruz; tedcruz
Brian Walsh tweet: "Guess we will see down the road if refusing to support your state's senior Senator & publicly undercutting him is smart long-term politics."
1 posted on 03/05/2014 3:44:13 AM PST by iowamark
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To: iowamark

Suporting “senior” senators is what has gotten this country in the mess it is in today....i.e. Aholes like Dingy Harry, Lindsey Graham, and others from both parties. Time to kick some incumbent ass.


2 posted on 03/05/2014 4:04:18 AM PST by ImNotLying (The Right To Bear Arms: Making good people helpless won't make bad people harmless!)
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To: iowamark

As an early voter in Texas, I was extremely disappointed that we couldn’t find anyone better than Stockman and Stovall. I admit, My son and I voted for Stovall, not because I knew anything about him but our votes were protest votes against Cornyn. Neither guy ran a campaign. If they raised any money it sure wasn’t used in their campaigns. I honestly think Dan Patrick would have given Cornyn a real fight and the fact is that if Cruz and Palin endorsed Patrick, he’d have beat Cornyn.

I’m really bummed. Even though I thought Stockman and Stovall were clowns, I was so hoping we could put Cornyn into a runoff just to send a message.


3 posted on 03/05/2014 4:10:10 AM PST by Undecided 2012
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To: iowamark

Generally we had very good news from the Texas primary. It’s a very auspicious start for the 2014 election year.

Let’s keep it up folks.

PS - Cruz cruises and I LOVE TEXAS!


4 posted on 03/05/2014 4:10:19 AM PST by House Atreides
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To: iowamark

Walsh is a creep and should be declared persona non grata by Conservatives.


5 posted on 03/05/2014 4:11:03 AM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: iowamark

One word from Cruz for Stockman or Stovall and the Cornyman would have been toast.

I can see his position though...but damn...just damn I want to see this weasel gone as much as Hutchinson is gone.


6 posted on 03/05/2014 4:12:55 AM PST by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: iowamark
His most significant opponent was…well…eccentric to put it politely.

Ted Cruz appears smart enough to endorse those who are solid candidates and already have at least a reasonable if not good chance at winning. He's not going to make the mistakes Sarah Palin did and spend his political capital on losers. It's one thing to be the push across the finish line. It's quite another to drag something up from the murky bottom to the surface.

7 posted on 03/05/2014 4:25:30 AM PST by Tonytitan
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To: eartick

“One word from Cruz for Stockman or Stovall and the Cornyman would have been toast.”

I disagree. One word from Cruz for a *credible, qualified* candidate against Cornyn and Cornyn would have been toast. Unfortunately, conservatives who could have defeated Cornyn passed on the race.


8 posted on 03/05/2014 4:30:27 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: iowamark

Cornyn’s opposition didn’t appear to be substantial. But it shouldn’t matter much if McConnell is ousted.

Cornyn appears to me to be a toadie, meaning he will vote the way he is told by the person controlling or enabling his cashflow.

And that means if Tea Party senators can increase in numbers and influence, the Cornyn vote will follow.

Eventually he should be voted out but as it stands now the game is to get Tea Party conservatives in control of the leadership, then the Cornyn types like Hatch and Alexander will fall in line.

Focus on taking over the leadership, all else follows from that point.


9 posted on 03/05/2014 4:50:19 AM PST by Hostage (ARTICLE V)
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To: iowamark

At least one RINO group mailed out voter guides with Ted Cruz’s picture on the front.


10 posted on 03/05/2014 4:50:26 AM PST by Spirochete (Does the FedGov have the attributes of a legitimate government?)
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To: Undecided 2012

well...Corny did end up with just 59% statewide. So, not close to a runoff..but still. Had the oppo been better, he could have been beaten....


11 posted on 03/05/2014 5:06:00 AM PST by ConservativeDude
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To: Undecided 2012

Wish we could have gotten Nolan Ryan to run.


12 posted on 03/05/2014 5:09:20 AM PST by catfish1957 (Face it!!!! The government in DC is full of treasonous bastards)
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To: iowamark

Taking out Cornyn was a long shot but we made him spend 6 million of his 8 million. Incumbents like to keep that, but ohh, too bad!


13 posted on 03/05/2014 5:09:37 AM PST by cotton1706
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To: AuH2ORepublican

I guess we will just disagree then.

I listened to Stovall several times and felt he had the interest of the State at the center of his campaign. Did not get that feeling from any of the others, especially Cornyn and especially from his liberal voting record whitewashed by his conservative letters to the folks back home.

I do not think Cruz would have spoken out for even a *credible, qualified* candidate as you put it during the primary. If Cornyn would have lost the primary, then he would have thrown his weight behind the candidate. Let’s just sit back and see just how vocal he is for Cornyn. May be interesting just how quiet he will be.

Time will tell.....


14 posted on 03/05/2014 5:40:57 AM PST by eartick (Been to the line in the sand and liked it)
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To: Tonytitan
Ted Cruz appears smart enough to endorse those who are solid candidates and already have at least a reasonable if not good chance at winning. He's not going to make the mistakes Sarah Palin did and spend his political capital on losers. It's one thing to be the push across the finish line. It's quite another to drag something up from the murky bottom to the surface.

Good points.

15 posted on 03/05/2014 5:51:34 AM PST by silent_jonny ("... you are complete in Him" -- Col. 2:10)
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To: iowamark

“Wow — we all knew John Cornyn was going to win last night. “

I guess redstate.com is totally ignorant of freerepublic.com.


16 posted on 03/05/2014 6:29:09 AM PST by staytrue
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To: iowamark

“Ted Cruz needs to stretch his legs in Republican primaries outside Texas.”

If Cruz tries his usually schtick in Ohio, he is going to get smacked down.


17 posted on 03/05/2014 6:31:50 AM PST by staytrue
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To: AuH2ORepublican

“One word from Cruz for a *credible, qualified* candidate against Cornyn and Cornyn would have been toast.”

Now you are catching on. You have to run a credible qualified candidates regardless if they are teaparty or “rino”

Bad candidates fail regardless of ideology.


18 posted on 03/05/2014 6:38:31 AM PST by staytrue
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To: iowamark

This is encouraging.


19 posted on 03/05/2014 6:41:54 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: eartick

“I listened to Stovall several times and felt he had the interest of the State at the center of his campaign.”


I have no reason to doubt that Stovall has Texas’s best interests at heart, but that, by itself, is not sufficient to make someone get elected to the U.S. Senate from Texas. Stovall lacked the profile and experience required to complete a very difficult task: convince a majority of Texas Republicans that you would be a good U.S. Senator, which takes more than saying the right things in stump speeches. Ted Cruz had a dream résumé, was Solicitor General under Attorney General Abbott, and was as good as anyone in the state at convincing people that he is correct and that one should trust him; there was no Ted Cruz running against Cornyn—heck, there wasn’t even a Michael Williams running against him.

BTW, yesterday morning I was telling my cousin in Texas that I thought that Cornyn would skate past 50% easily, but that I would cast a protest vote for Stovall because Stockman is a gadfly and a devious politician (I’ll never forgive Stockman for waiting until the last day of filing before switching to the Senate race in order to block state Representative James Harris from seeking the U.S. House seat he was vacating, all in a fruitless effort to throw the nomination to one of his lackeys). My cousin told me that he had early-voted for Stockman because Stovall believed that Congress does not have the constitutional authority to ban (or even restrict) abortion; I told him that I was not aware of that, and that while it did seem curious to me that Stovall did not mention abortion in his campaign website, I had not gotten a “Paulist vibe” from him, and I joked that my “Pauldar” must be off.

(The Paulistinians claim that the Constitution does not permit Congress to legislate concerning abortion because it is not one of Congress’s enumerated powers, and that’s the reason why Ron Paul claimed to be pro-life but voted against every proposed abortion restriction (except for the Partial-Birth Abortion Act, which he didn’t dare vote against despite his “strongly held principles”), and why Paultard Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan (a Palestinian Paulistinian, and Ahmadinejad’s biggest defender in Congress) votes against abortion restrictions today. But such supposedly studious constitutionalists completely ignore the fact that Section 5 of the 14th Amendment expressly empowers Congress to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of the other sections of the 14th Amendment. Since Section 1 of the 14th Amendment provides that no state shall deprive any person of life without due process of law, Congress clearly has the express authority to ban abortion (SCOTUS may disagree, but members of Congress are entitled to interpret the Constitution as well, and dare SCOTUS to strike down the law).)

So if I lived in Texas I wouldn’t have voted for Stovall, either, and likely would have voted for one of the unknown candidates. It wouldn’t matter who I would vote for, since the goal was to keep Cornyn below 50% and force a run-off, which of course didn’t come close to happening thanks to the lackluster candidates running against him.

“I do not think Cruz would have spoken out for even a *credible, qualified* candidate as you put it during the primary.”


You may be right about that. Cruz’s pointed refusal to endorse Cornyn was extremely gutsy for a sitting Senator from the same state (heck, *Rand Paul* endorsed Mitch McConnell’s reelection!), and he probably wouldn’t have openly endorsed a primary opponent for Cornyn. My point is that had Cruz done so, and had such opponent been qualified and credible, he would have defeated Cornyn; of course, even if Cruz didn’t overtly endorse a top-tier conservative challenger for Cornyn, I think that Cornyn would have been in deep trouble.


20 posted on 03/05/2014 7:01:06 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: staytrue

“Bad candidates fail regardless of ideology.”


That always has been true, and always will be true (and if a bad candidate does slip in because he pretty much ran unopposed, it will catch up with him eventually and he’ll get kicked out).


21 posted on 03/05/2014 7:04:11 AM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: staytrue
"If Cruz tries his usually schtick in Ohio, he is going to get smacked down."

I clicked on this thread just to see if you'd be posting your usual stuff, and here you are. At least you didn't call Cruz a "malcontent" again.

22 posted on 03/05/2014 7:40:59 AM PST by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: CatherineofAragon

Malcontent Definition

dictionary.search.yahoo.com

adj. adjective
1.
Dissatisfied with existing conditions.

“I clicked on this thread just to see if you’d be posting your usual stuff, and here you are. At least you didn’t call Cruz a “malcontent” again.”

I am sorry for my negligence in this matter. Ted Cruz is a malcontent.

from Yahoo dictionary.

adj. adjective
1.
Dissatisfied with existing conditions.

n. noun
1.
A chronically dissatisfied person.

2.
One who rebels against the established system.


23 posted on 03/05/2014 8:13:33 AM PST by staytrue
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To: iowamark

After reading posts on FR for months and all the talk about bad weather, only the diehards showing up, crawling thru glass to vote for his opponent etc, I’m thinking how did Cornyn gather 62 percent?


24 posted on 03/05/2014 8:20:23 AM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: eartick

Cruz is learning from Palin. Palin endorsed some fairly doughy candidates and they didn’t go her way.

If he supports solid people who are actually conservative, and he rolls up victories, he’ll be OK. It isn’t going to happen overnight.

Tea Party saved the House’s bacon last election cycle. The bill is due and like most statists, the GOP-e doesn’t want to pay it.


25 posted on 03/05/2014 8:26:06 AM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: nascarnation
I’m thinking how did Cornyn gather 62 percent?

That's easy. He had MUCH more money than all the rest combined. He flooded the airwaves, both radio and TV while the others could not. The good news is, he was forced to spend it when he certainly didn't want to.

26 posted on 03/05/2014 11:38:17 AM PST by houeto (We intend to liberate Democrats from the dreaded Job-Lock this November!)
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To: houeto
I’m thinking how did Cornyn gather 62 percent?

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That's easy. He had MUCH more money than all the rest combined. He flooded the airwaves, both radio and TV while the others could not. The good news is, he was forced to spend it when he certainly didn't want to.

***

Also, don't forget that with so few Democrats engaged in primaries, MANY Democrats crossed over to vote in the Republican Senate primary. You gotta know they supported Cornyn!!

27 posted on 03/05/2014 11:49:16 AM PST by Sideshow Bob
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To: staytrue

Cornyn could have bought 51% in the runoff.

People had false worries about Stockman being taking away in handcuffs before November.

They are trying to do the same with Dan Patrick. 80% of Texas wants Rick Perry’s tuition repealed. I’ll speculate 90% of whites and 40 or 50% of hispanics.


28 posted on 03/05/2014 1:03:59 PM PST by ObamahatesPACoal
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To: iowamark

Cruz just changed his principles and endorsed Cornyn. He says he is awesome! roll eyes.


29 posted on 03/05/2014 4:23:48 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: napscoordinator

Cruz just changed his principles and endorsed Cornyn.

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http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2014/03/cruzs-post-primary-endorsement-of-cornyn.html/

Cruz’s post-primary endorsement of Cornyn

snip

“He’s earned considerable respect in the Senate. We have not agreed on everything, but
we have agreed on the vast majority of issues,” Cruz posted Wednesday on Facebook.
He added that he was “proud” to endorse Cornyn – along with two other GOP nominees:
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott for governor, and George P. Bush for land commissioner.

“My position all along — you and I have had this conversation a hundred
times — is that I’m likely going to stay out of incumbent Republican primaries.
It’s no longer an incumbent Republican primary,” Cruz said. “From Day 1
John Cornyn and I have had a good working relationship. We have been friends.
We have agreed on the vast majority of issues. I think we’re a strong and
effective team working for Texas.”

He noted that even without an endorsement, he did donate to Cornyn’s campaign.
That was last May, when his political action committee sent a $2,500 check.

end snip


30 posted on 03/05/2014 4:30:34 PM PST by deport
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To: deport

So does this mean that Cruz will now be sacrificed on the FR altar of ideological purity?

Or will he get the “Palin pass” similar to the McLame endorsement?


31 posted on 03/05/2014 4:32:55 PM PST by nascarnation (I'm hiring Jack Palladino to investigate Baraq's golf scores.)
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To: nascarnation

Time will tell but I suspect Cruz has his own ‘Cruz Control’ and
isn’t too concerned about the political fallout.


32 posted on 03/05/2014 4:40:21 PM PST by deport
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To: deport

He’s earned considerable respect in the Senate.

Yieks. It is actually worse then I thought. Why on Earth would Cruz say such lies.


33 posted on 03/05/2014 5:40:56 PM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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To: Sideshow Bob
Also, don't forget that with so few Democrats engaged in primaries, MANY Democrats crossed over to vote in the Republican Senate primary. You gotta know they supported Cornyn!!

No doubt in my mind Bob.

34 posted on 03/05/2014 6:29:54 PM PST by houeto (We intend to liberate Democrats from the dreaded Job-Lock this November!)
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To: nascarnation
So does this mean that Cruz will now be sacrificed on the FR altar of ideological purity?

Not by me.

Cruz is playing Chess and the old GOPe 'tard is playing checkers.

35 posted on 03/05/2014 6:36:36 PM PST by houeto (We intend to liberate Democrats from the dreaded Job-Lock this November!)
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To: napscoordinator

Did you expect Cruz to support the Democrat?


36 posted on 03/06/2014 2:34:05 AM PST by iowamark (I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy)
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To: iowamark

If it was beneficial to him, yes. He would love to be senior senator of Texas.


37 posted on 03/06/2014 2:42:06 AM PST by napscoordinator ( Santorum-Bachmann 2016 for the future of the country!)
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