|August 1st, 2012, 02:09 AM||#1|
Join Date: May 2012
Tea party favorite and former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz has won the Texas Senate Republican primary, and will now likely be the next senator from Texas.
The Associated Press called the race one hour and 25 minutes after the polls closed in most of Texas (some of the state is on Mountain Time). Cruz had 53.6 percent of the vote to Dewhurst’s 46.4 percent, with 21 percent of districts reporting.
Tea Party Express, a big supporter of Cruz’s, touted the win as a “historic tea party victory tonight against the Texas establishment,” in a statement from chairwoman Amy Kremer.
Indeed, the race has been cast in a similar fashion to the Indiana primary in which Richard Mourdock ousted Sen. Richard Lugar. Though neither candidate yet serves in Washington, Dewhurst was considered the establishment choice, while Cruz was the tea party favorite.
Dewhurst was endorsed by most Texas government officials — 17 members of the Republican delegation in the state senate, along with the comptroller and agricultural commissioner, as well as Gov. Rick Perry.
|August 2nd, 2012, 09:04 AM||#2|
Join Date: May 2012
Minnesota had an election a few years back where Norm Coleman won the initial race. But then a recount was demanded and suddenly Al Franken had won by a handful of votes. It was a big deal at the time because there were all kinds of allegations of voter fraud in the recount. Felons were voting illegally, ballot boxes appeared out of thin air, etc. Even today, most people in Minnesota assume the election was stolen.
It’s even a bigger deal today because the election tipped the balance of power in the Senate. This is the Senate that went on to give all kinds of wonderful things like Dodd/Frank and ObamaCare.
The victory of Ted Cruz in Texas is also a big deal because it too helps to tip the balance of power. While true that any Republican candidate in Texas would probably win over a Democrat challenger, it is the kind of Republican that is important.
The times, they are a changing.
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