Cruz Wins Runoff for U.S. Senate in Texas
10:09 PM, Jul 31, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senate candidate Ted Cruz is projected to win the Republican primary runoff for U.S. Senate in Texas. With 37 percent of precincts reporting, Cruz has won nearly 53 percent of the vote over Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, who has won just under 46 percent. Dewhurst won the four-way GOP primary in May, but did not win the necessary 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff with Cruz. Here's more from the Washington Post:
The seat is considered safe for the GOP, with Cruz's nomination not significantly changing the party's status in the Lone Star State. But that doesn't mean his victory is without meaning.
Cruz is the latest conservative challenger to pull off a win over an establishment-favored candidate in a Republican Senate primary. Richard Mourdock, the conservative state treasurer of Indiana, defeated six-term incumbent Dick Lugar in a hard fought, contentious primary this past May. And in Nebraska, the relatively unknown state senator Deb Fischer toppled establishment favorite Jon Brunning in that state's Republican primary.
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