Dewhurst, Cruz headed to runoff in Texas’ U.S. Senate race
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and former state Solicitor General Ted Cruz appeared Tuesday night to be headed to a runoff election, extending the fierce, multimillion-dollar Republican race for Texas’ first open U.S. Senate seat in a decade.
With 55 percent of precincts reporting, Dewhurst held 46 percent of the vote to Cruz’s 32 percent to lead a slate of GOP challengers that also included former Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert and former ESPN commentator Craig James.
Cruz, a Tea Party favorite, fired the first shot in the runoff and challenged Dewhurst to five debates before the July 31 vote.
“I think tonight was a tremendous victory for the grass roots and the people of Texas,” he said. “The moderate establishment thought they could buy this race and tonight was a resounding repudiation of that.
“In a runoff, the race will be decided by the grassroots activists of Texas,” he said, noting that Dewhurst did not participate in 35 debates over the past year. “That means my opponent is not going to be able to continue ignoring the grassroots voters in Texas. … I am hopeful in the runoff, he will have learned his lesson. Ignoring grassroots voters and conservative activists comes with a price.”
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