Last night, the Texas GOP chose Tea Party-Backed Ted Cruz over David Dewhurst for Senate. Cruz scored a stunning upset over a longtime Texas state officeholder in a Republican U.S. Senate primary runoff on Tuesday, transforming Cruz into a national conservative star and marking a resurgence of the movement to shrink the size of U.S. government.
Cruz, 41, a former state solicitor general who has never held elected office, became the third insurgent Republican this year to defeat an establishment Republican in a U.S. Senate primary.
He scored a surprisingly comfortable victory with about 56 percent of the vote to about 44 percent for Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who a year ago was considered the front-runner.
Many have been saying that the ‘tea party’ movement is dead, but the win by Cruz sends a signal to “moderate Republicans” nationwide, according to Ross Baker, an expert on American politics at Rutgers Universityin New Brunswick, New Jersey.
“Make sure your voting record passes muster with the Tea Party, or you’re in big trouble,” said Baker.
- In Texas, a test for the Tea Party (cbsnews.com)
- Ted Cruz wins Texas Republican Senate primary election 56-44 (winteryknight.wordpress.com)
- Cruz Control (nationalreview.com)
- The Year of the Tea Party Senators continues – Tea Party Nation (gds44.wordpress.com)
- ‘Tea Party’ Candidate Battles Veteran Republican in Texas Senate Primary Race (blogs.voanews.com)