We’ve only just begun. Congrats to Cruz and thanks to Texas for a great job!
Via the Los Angeles Times
Tea-party-backed Ted Cruz beats establishment candidate David Dewhurst in Texas’ costly Republican Senate primary runoff. The victory could bolster the conservative movement’s influence in Washington.
In a long-shot victory that could help define the conservative tilt of the Senate, tea-party-backed Ted Cruz defeated an establishment Republican on Tuesday in the hard-fought GOP primary runoff in Texas.
The outcome is not expected to tip the balance of power in the Senate, which is controlled by the Democrats; the Texas seat being vacated is already held by a Republican.
But Cruz’s win over Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst provides another example of the tea party movement’s influence on voters and turnout — even for a candidate who has never held elected office.
“It’s been fascinating to watch,” said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, who holds the state’s other Senate seat and runs the GOP campaign arm in the Senate. He called Cruz’s ascent “well-earned,” adding, “Part of what it says is people are mad at Washington, D.C. They’re mad at what they perceive to be the establishment. And they want some change.”