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Races to Watch: Texas Senate Primary

David Dewhurst faces Ted Cruz in the Lone Star State.

12:12 PM, Apr 2, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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Some political observers in Texas see the 41-year-old Cruz, who is in his first race for elected office, as a poor campaigner who might have a better shot at the Senate after running and winning a down-ticket seat.

But others think 2012 is Cruz’s moment. “I think it was his time to run, but it also speaks to his courage,” says Adams.

Cruz is confident he can overcome the better-financed Dewhurst campaign by way of his growing grassroots network and conservative message. 

“If I’m elected, there will not be a single U.S. Senator, bar none, who is a more relentless, a more strategic, and, I hope, a more effective advocate of dramatically shrinking the size, power, and spending of the federal government,” he says. “And I intend to be that one.”

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