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What a Ted Cruz victory would mean
WaPo ^ | 07/30/2012 | Sean Sullivan

Posted on 07/30/2012 3:01:07 PM PDT by South40

Eighteen months ago, Ted Cruz was a starry-eyed Texas Republican with long-shot hopes of becoming a United States senator. On Tuesday, the former state solicitor general looks headed to an unlikely runoff victory over Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, win that would defy the power of the state’s GOP establishment.

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So how did Cruz stay competitive and even climb into what looks like the driver’s seat? He leveraged national acclaim from conservatives like Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and George Will into strong local tea party support, winning an impressive 34 percent of the primary vote and forcing a runoff against Dewhurst, who took 45 percent in the late May election.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: conservativism; cruz; daviddewhurst; dewhurst; gope; palinendorsements; runoff; tedcruz; tx2012

1 posted on 07/30/2012 3:01:09 PM PDT by South40
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To: South40

voting in Houston (Harris County) on the GOP side is WAYYYYYY up over two and four years ago.

I think the intensity factor is very, very strong here.

People are responding to a serious conservative candidate!

Why the hell the national GOP can’t see this, is, incidentally beyond me.....


2 posted on 07/30/2012 3:04:33 PM PDT by ConservativeDude
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To: ConservativeDude

I’m sick of Dewhurst’s over the top, negative attack ads. I’m voting for Cruz just to stick it to Dewhurst. If that’s the man’s idea of campaigning, I don’t want to take a chance on him representing our state in the Senate.


3 posted on 07/30/2012 3:08:11 PM PDT by scan59 (Seabees rule!)
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To: South40

Ted Cruz and the other conservative turks across the country recognize the old USA needs a makeover from both the Rinos, Obama and his Democrat Party. Fact is Texas voters know that the RINOs, Obama and the Democrat Party are truly the destroyers of our freedom, liberty and opportunity!!! When Cruz wins tomorrow evening, handily, you are looking at the next elected Texas senator, period!!! When Texas casts its vote on November 6, 2012, Obama will lose the state by ten to fifteen points and take scores of dead beat, anti-American Democrats with him, thank God!!!


4 posted on 07/30/2012 3:09:28 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX (My only objective is defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!)
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To: South40

George Will is a conservative???


5 posted on 07/30/2012 3:14:21 PM PDT by iowamark
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To: South40

This article did not even mention Sarah Palin, but one picture is worth a million wapo words.


6 posted on 07/30/2012 3:15:16 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: ConservativeDude
Why the hell the national GOP can’t see this, is, incidentally beyond me.....

Oh, they see it. But Conservatism is not part of the GOP's agenda. It's all about helping Soros and friends form a NWO run by them with the little people managed at the individual level by state fostered islam.

They want control, and the Tea Party just messed up their plans to rule ze verld.

7 posted on 07/30/2012 3:20:18 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Goode over evil. Voting for mitt or obie is like throwing your country away.)
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To: South40

It means a little more fear in the hearts of the entrenched GOPe that they may not be safe in those trenches any more.


8 posted on 07/30/2012 3:20:18 PM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: South40

“By contrast, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) ran a lackluster operation which was...plagued by a record that enraged conservatives.”

And Dewhurst was Perry’s bitch in the State Senate. That also ENRAGED CONSERVATIVES, for Perry was far from one.


9 posted on 07/30/2012 3:21:00 PM PDT by BobL ( It's easy to be a saint when you have nothing on the line)
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To: South40

A Texan here - if he does not win BIG, I will be very surprised!!!


10 posted on 07/30/2012 3:23:04 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: South40

George Will? LOL!


11 posted on 07/30/2012 3:25:44 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: iowamark

Heh! I was wondering the same thing... He is a Republican media stand-in for Conservative thought. Unfortunately, he has had very few thoughts that are representative of a Conservative.

Just another news fellow trying to make a living pretending to be something he is not.


12 posted on 07/30/2012 3:26:20 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: South40
If Cruz wins the nomination, it would mean the GOP-E would not be spending any money in the Texas Senate race. Unless they decide to help out the Democrat.
13 posted on 07/30/2012 3:27:48 PM PDT by Tupelo (TeaPartier ..... but no longer a Republican)
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To: MestaMachine
This article did not even mention Sarah Palin,

The caption did.

14 posted on 07/30/2012 3:39:13 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: nhwingut; iowamark

Yes, the mention of George Will as a conservative was humorous at best.


15 posted on 07/30/2012 3:40:34 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." Hussein Obama, Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009)
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To: South40

Actually the article did mention Sarah (3rd line down).

And he’s proving to be a great closer. He outraised Dewhurst more than 3-1 during the first third of the month, spurred Sarah Palin and DeMint to stump in the state for him last Friday and never lost the confidence of the anti-tax Club For Growth, which has spent $5.5 million on independent expenditures to help him win.


16 posted on 07/30/2012 3:48:45 PM PDT by Mac n Jac (www.vetsfightingms.org)
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To: MestaMachine
This article did not even mention Sarah Palin

It didn't mention Mark Levin or Sean Hannity either

17 posted on 07/30/2012 4:03:07 PM PDT by Reddon
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To: South40

Support from Sarah did not hurt a thing.


18 posted on 07/30/2012 4:05:41 PM PDT by Lion Den Dan
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To: South40

That picture was worth more than the whole rest of the article. That’s what I meant.


19 posted on 07/30/2012 4:18:11 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: MestaMachine

Amen!


20 posted on 07/30/2012 4:21:07 PM PDT by Uriah_lost (Is there no balm in Gilead?....MiE (Mainer in Exile))
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To: Mac n Jac

You’re right. I missed it. Thanks.


21 posted on 07/30/2012 4:23:33 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: MestaMachine
This article did not even mention Sarah Palin...

Nor did it mention my

TED CRUZ

YARD SIGN (ty H.M.) and my EARLY VOTING LAST WEEK! TEA PARTY RULES!

Yes, do-hurts would of been the 3rd richest Senator in the United States- but he knows we know- and would rather keep him close to home.

Next it's time to storm the White House. Let's Roll.
22 posted on 07/30/2012 4:24:37 PM PDT by foldspace (Barak Obama is still not a >convicted< criminal...)
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To: South40

It means Cruz is the next senator from Texas. That’s what it means. Yet another headache for Mitch McConnell. And one more vote for new leadership in the senate.


23 posted on 07/30/2012 4:26:04 PM PDT by cotton1706
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To: scan59
I get at least 10 robo calls a day, and I am getting damn sick of it. If anyone from GOP hdg. reads these things. ......STOP IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!

I am not kidding. As I was writing this, I just got another....ARGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

24 posted on 07/30/2012 4:32:47 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Sirius Lee
Not sure Soros plays a big role, but I am sure that the purpose of the RINO clubhouse is the same as the Donkey clubhouse-- place the rest of us in a straitjacket while robbing us blind for the benefit of their friends, families, and political backers.

Here's to Cruz' victory on Tuesday and Dewhurst going back to Austin to service Perry's cronies.

25 posted on 07/30/2012 4:45:56 PM PDT by pierrem15 (Claudius: "Let all the poisons that lurk in the mud hatch out.")
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To: ConservativeDude

What a Ted Cruz victory would mean is that Texans finally had a chance to vote for a Conservative in a National election.

It has long been an irritant that by the time I get to vote, the national candidates have already been decided and my choice is no longer viable. The biggest and one of the most conservative states (gotta leave room for Oklahoma) has not had a say in the selection of a presidential candidate in the last two election cycles.

BTW, Rick Perry was a nose-holding choice for Governor for many of us; we did not want a Washingtonian Rino to return to Texas as Governor and tell us how they do it up there.

Our fence line is almost a mile long on a highly traveled road and it is loaded with Cruz signs...


26 posted on 07/30/2012 5:10:49 PM PDT by CenTex (Go Cruz!!!! (looking good as early voting ends))
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To: South40
"Dirty" Dewhurst is going down!

And "Dirty" Dan Patrick is officially kicked out of the T.E.A. Party!

27 posted on 07/30/2012 5:51:10 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Tupelo

Oh well I’m not broke yet.


28 posted on 07/30/2012 6:21:43 PM PDT by JohnD9207 (Mitt better grow a pair or this thing will be over soon.)
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To: cotton1706

It means Cruz is the next senator from Texas. That’s what it means. Yet another headache for Mitch McConnell. And one more vote for new leadership in the senate.
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Good its time to run his pasty faced old arse outta office before he can’t remember his address either. And he can take McCain and Graham with him.


29 posted on 07/30/2012 6:24:30 PM PDT by JohnD9207 (Mitt better grow a pair or this thing will be over soon.)
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To: cotton1706

“...Cruz is the next senator from Texas......another headache for Mitch McConnell.... one more vote for new leadership in the senate.”
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Hear, Hear!! Right on the money on all counts, cotton.

Tomorrow, Texas for Cruz. Next week, Missouri for Sarah Steelman. Now, that would be a really great week.


30 posted on 07/30/2012 7:31:44 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: South40
I am praying harder than I have in a long time... Cruz must win. I heard him on Hannity today... Cruz is the real deal... no BS.

LLS

31 posted on 07/30/2012 7:53:52 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: catfish1957

I wonder what’s wrong with me. I voted in the primary (and the runoff). but the only ad I’ve seen was a single Dewhurst mailer about Cruz being a trial lawyer(kind of makes you wonder what kind of lawyer Dewhurst thinks is a good kind of lawyer).
Nobody calls, almost nobody mails me things, and I haven’t seen or heard a single political ad (nor any other ad since I don’t watch TV or listen to the radio).
I know how Rodney Dangerfield felt.


32 posted on 07/30/2012 7:55:01 PM PDT by conejo99
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To: ConservativeDude

The gop/e do not want to hear about it... they do not want to talk about it and if forced to... they will repeat the boehner line of, “We have heard you loud and clear... we know that we messed up but we will do better this time”.

Yeah right.

LLS


33 posted on 07/30/2012 7:56:14 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (Don't Tread On Me)
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To: ConservativeDude
Why the hell the national GOP can’t see this, is, incidentally beyond me.....

Oh they can see it; they just don't like it.

34 posted on 07/30/2012 7:58:28 PM PDT by papertyger ("And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if..."))
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To: ConservativeDude

Why do you think the National GOP wants conservative candidates? George Bush and Karl Rove fought for the moderate over the conservative in every single Senate primary. Why would they change?


35 posted on 07/30/2012 8:02:55 PM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Your tattoo looks stupid.)
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To: TexasCajun

That crazy radio ad here Dan Patrick yells at Ted Cruz, then tells Ted Cruz not to yell at him just drove me nuts.

I have seen lots of Ted Cruz signs in my area and not one David Dewhurst sign.

I’ll be voting on my lunchbreak tomorrow.


36 posted on 07/30/2012 8:24:44 PM PDT by GrouchoTex (...and ye shall know the Truth and the Truth shall set you free....)
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To: conejo99

“I wonder what’s wrong with me. I voted in the primary (and the runoff). but the only ad I’ve seen was a single Dewhurst mailer about Cruz being a trial lawyer(kind of makes you wonder what kind of lawyer Dewhurst thinks is a good kind of lawyer).
Nobody calls, almost nobody mails me things, and I haven’t seen or heard a single political ad (nor any other ad since I don’t watch TV or listen to the radio).
I know how Rodney Dangerfield felt.”

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37 posted on 07/30/2012 8:37:41 PM PDT by CenTex (Go Cruz!!!! (looking good as early voting ends))
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To: GrouchoTex

Wonder if there is such a thing as a Texas gene...’cause I thinks I haz it.


38 posted on 07/30/2012 8:54:00 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: House Atreides

And hopefully, Durant in Michigan!


39 posted on 07/31/2012 4:54:21 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: conejo99
All I know is that as diligent as I usually am around voting, I sat this sucker out today. This is a message to the GOP on what I thought of these 100's of harassing robocalls. This is no way to treat your base.

To both sides....F 'em.

40 posted on 07/31/2012 3:20:53 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: CenTex
BTW, The ‘No Call’ list exempts politicians...

Also kind of hard to to tell a recording of Dewhurst's 3rd cousin once removed that I want to be on their "No Call List"

41 posted on 07/31/2012 3:25:10 PM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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