10:22 AM, May 21, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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. Watch that ad below:
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.
5:02 PM, May 14, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Texas governor Rick Perry, a former Republican presidential candidate, has endorsed former Vets for Freedom director Pete Hegseth for Senate in Minnesota.
11:12 AM, Apr 19, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Texas governor Rick Perry has endorsed his lieutenant governor, David Dewhurst, in the latter's Republican primary for U.S. Senate.
2:37 PM, Jan 19, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Newt Gingrich was a few minutes late to his appearance this morning at Waterfront Park in historic downtown Beaufort. The large, excited crowd waited patiently as Gingrich sat in his campaign bus to finish watching Rick Perry’s concession speech. When he finally emerged and took to the stage, he opened with an announcement.
9:15 AM, Jan 19, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
CNN reports that "Rick Perry is telling supporters that he will drop his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Thursday."
Will a winnowed field produce a "not-Romney" candidate?1:20 PM, Jan 14, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The New York Times reports that national conservative Christian leaders are waiting until after the South Carolina primary on January 21 to coalesce around a "not-Romney" Republican candidate. Those leaders are meeting in Texas this weekend to discuss the race. Here's more from the Times:
Buddy Roemer surges ahead of Rick Perry in New Hampshire. 10:47 AM, Jan 9, 2012 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Just how fluid and crazy has this GOP primary been? Well, the latest poll from Public Policy Polling contains a startling development:
Mitt Romney continues to be headed for a comfortable win in New Hampshire. PPP's final poll there finds him with 35% to 18% for Ron Paul, 16% for Jon Huntsman, 12% for Newt Gingrich, 11% for Rick Santorum, 3% for Buddy Roemer, and 1% for Rick Perry.
5:57 PM, Jan 7, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The first televised presidential debate in over three weeks will take place tonight at St. Anselm College in nearby Goffstown, with another debate tomorrow morning on NBC’s Meet the Press. A lot has changed since that December 15 debate in Sioux City, Iowa. Michele Bachmann will be absent tonight, having dropped out after her disappointing performance in Iowa, and Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich have dropped in the polls since then.
10:42 AM, Jan 5, 2012 • By JONATHAN V. LAST
We now have a glimpse at how Mitt Romney's campaign plans to handle Rick Santorum’s challenge. In Iowa, when it first became apparent that Santorum was on the move, Romney tried to label him a career politician. “Like Speaker Gingrich, Senator Santorum has spent his career in government, in Washington—nothing wrong with that, but it is a very different background than I have.”
11:56 AM, Jan 4, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Last night, after finishing 5th in the Iowa caucus with ten percent of the vote, Texas governor Rick Perry said he was going back home to reassess whether he would stay in the presidential race. "I've decided to return to Texas, assess the results of tonight's caucus, determine whether there is a path forward for myself," Perry said.
11:58 PM, Jan 3, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Rick Perry just announced that he's returning to Texas to reassess his place in the presidential race. "I've decided to return to Texas, assess the results of tonight's caucus, determine whether there is a path forward for myself," the Texas governor said.