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.”

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WaPo: Ted Cruz wins Texas Senate primary in a victory for tea party

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  1. lawmom90 says:

    The L.A. Times is now admitting that Tea Party exists. That’s a plus. Now, if we can only contain our sheer joy for the moment when the shift is complete. God willing, we will get there. I still don’t understand the need for Hatch, but I will get over it :) We live to fight another day.

    • flaggman says:

      Congrats to Ted Cruz, this is a big-time stick-in-the-eye to Rick Perry and the Texas establishment phonies who are losing control of their sheep. The influence of Palin, Beck, and Levin cannot be underestimated.

      Now Lawmom90, I believe the reason you need a Hatch is not because he’ll “teach them the ropes” – that’s condescending and not what Palin etc. are about. It’s because the way congress works, you need people IN LEADERSHIP to ensure Tea Party members are not marginalized and shut out of key committee positions. Do you think McConnell and that gang will simply hand over power to newbies on their own? Hatch may stab Palin in the back, but I believe Palin only agreed to help him if he agreed to bring Tea Party senators into leadership in the new session. It’s worth the shot, rather than the opposite, which would be a stalemate between newbie Tea Partiers with no power, and the establishment with all the power.

  2. dennisl59 says:

    The Post Election Morning Report from Deep in the Heart of Texas:

    Election Results From the Associated Press 8/1 659am ET

    U.S. Senate – Dem Runoff
    7965 of 7965 Precincts Reporting – 100%
    Sadler, Paul Dem 148,712 63%
    Yarbrough, Grady Dem 86,996 37%

    U.S. Senate – GOP Runoff
    7957 of 7957 Precincts Reporting – 100%
    Cruz, Ted GOP 631,114 57%
    Dewhurst, David GOP 480,010 43%

    Total votes cast Dem: 236,708, Rep: 1,111,124

    Notes, Comments, Musings, Riffs ‘n Stuff:

    1) Almost FIVE Times as many people voted Republican than Democrat. Carly Rover?
    stick that on your warped electoral predict-o map. Texas ain’t pink, hombre’. It’s very,very Dark Red. Smuck.

    2) ‘Governor’ Perry got kicked right in the doo-dads as payback for his embarrassing face-plant moments in his failed Republican Primary performances. What a massive waste of time and money. Fool.

    3) Do not believe the MSM. The Tea Party had some effect, but we Texans saw
    right through Dewhurst…A snake in the grass RINO: Suit wearing Kay Bailey.

    4) Dewhurst completely, utterly and totally misjudged the voters when he thought
    his ad making it appear that Cruz was indirectly responsible for a suicide would be effective. That was comtemptable crap. I would wager some Dewhurst supporters rejected it and voted Cruz because of it.

    5) The Democrat candidate has about as much a chance of getting elected in the General in November, as I have Tammy accepting my marriage proposal(wink-wink)

    6) I met Cruz at a hamburger joint one Saturday here, a month or so back, in Round Rock when he was campaigning up and down I-35. Pix available upon request.

    Finally, it was a 14 Point Victory! FOURTEEN POINTS! That is huge folks. In other words, not even close by any election standard.

    Dewhurst?….You got CHOPPED!!!

    8/1 710am Texas[Mystery Basket]Time

    • jmm says:

      Dennis you r 100% on all points.

      Great night for the Tea Party and Texas last night!

      We will continue to work hard and lead the charge to a November victory.

      “Don’t Mess With Texas” and we mean it!

  3. persecutor says:

    Somebody call a doctor; that corpse named “Tea Party” is still breathing, has arisen and is hungry!
    Way to go, Texas!

  4. naga5 says:

    good work, texans!
    rick

  5. larrygeary says:

    It is good for the teaparty to be ignored and underestimated by the establishment. That way they can operate under the radar, and when November comes, the establishment won’t know what hit them.

  6. GiMiller says:

    TED CRUZ ROCKS!! Love My State!!! :-)

  7. Mark America says:

    I’m proud to have supported Ted Cruz, but while we waited for returns as the polls closed, the sorry GOP leadership in the House was busy joining with McConnell in the Senate in shafting us again: http://t.co/EXcZdfGo

  8. Alain41 says:

    On a day of Tea Party victory celebration, the pompous socialist London Mayor Boris Johnson swings from a rope (gets stuck on a zip-line).

    Karma!

    http://washingtonexaminer.com/mayor-of-london-boris-johnson-gets-stuck-on-a-zipline/article/2503716

  9. Karan says:

    I am from Texas and contributed to Cruz’ campaign. The podcast of Tammy had run out, so I switched on the local “conservative” radio while car-pooling yesterday. A “conservative” Texas Senator ~ Dan Patrick ~ endorsed Dewhurst. I could not believe what I was hearing. He said he posted it on FB, and then the Houston Chronicle ran with it. But Dan really missed this one…as Dewhurst is a loser! No wonder I listen to Tammy about 99% of my time!!

    Karan

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